Simplifying the TNM system for clinical use in differentiated thyroid cancer.

@article{Onitilo2009SimplifyingTT,
  title={Simplifying the TNM system for clinical use in differentiated thyroid cancer.},
  author={Adedayo A. Onitilo and Jessica M. Engel and Catharina Ihre Lundgren and Per Hall and Lukman Thalib and Suhail A. Doi},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  year={2009},
  volume={27 11},
  pages={1872-8}
}
PURPOSE The TNM stratification has been found useful at stratifying patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) into prognostic risk groups. However, it is cumbersome to implement clinically given the large number of bins within this system and the complicated system of arriving at stage information. PATIENTS AND METHODS We decided to quantify each variable in this system to arrive at a simplified quantitative alternative to the TNM system (QTNM) and compare this with the… CONTINUE READING

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