Because thyroid cancer, in contrast to many other tumor types, is increasing slightly in frequency and the survival rates have not yet been optimized, this tumor needs continuous special attention.
Therefore, in thyroid cancer too, early detection, regional node staging, and exact surgical treatment with the aim of R0 resection are all of great importance.
The scintigraphically "cold" node is the indicator for further investigations in order to confirm or to rule out thyroid cancer disease.
The rate of such nodes in which malignancy is ascertained by pathologists ranges from approximately 2% to 20%.
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