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Indian J Palliat Care. 2012 May;18(2):134-7. doi: 10.4103/0973-1075.100837.

Palliative and end of life care issues of carcinoma thyroid patient.

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Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care, Dr. B.R.A Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.


Malignancies of the thyroid gland has steadily increased over the last few decades, out of which mostly are differentiated carcinomas of the papillary or of follicular type, have a good prognosis and highest cure rate if treatment commences early. Here, we report a case of an 18-years-old boy with a huge multinodular goiter, which compromised the airway and lung metastasis, presented at advance stage of disease in tertiary care center. Factors prevent early diagnosis and treatment, distressing symptoms patient can develop, palliation of those symptoms, and effort to be made to prevent the delay are highlighted.


Follicular carcinoma thyroid; Multinodular goiter; Palliative treatment; Well-differentiated carcinoma

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