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Utility of Diagnostic Molecular Markers for Evaluation of Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules

Russell B. Smith, MD1; Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD2
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1Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Nebraska Medicine, Omaha
2Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(5):421-422. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.0142.
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This Viewpoint discusses the personalization of care and the critical factors in accomplishing this philosophy for patients with differentiated thyroid cancers.

An emerging philosophy of medicine in the 21st century is personalization of care. Critical factors in accomplishing this are to understand the genetic profile of the patient as well as the genetic profile and the clinicopathologic features of the disease affecting the patient. Progress has been made in defining the genetic alterations associated with differentiated thyroid cancers (DTCs). Unfortunately, the genetic profile of a DTC currently does not play a role in determining the extent of therapy for an individual patient with such a cancer.

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