Medical Practice

Clinical Diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 01 December 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:532
  1. M. D. Staunton,
  2. W. P. Greening


    In a survey of 293 patients with carcinoma of the thyroid, a goitre or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck were the commonest symptoms and a mass confined to one lobe the commonest sign. Hardness of the mass was an important diagnostic feature, and at least two-thirds of the tumour could be recognized before operation. It is suggested that the preoperative evaluation of thyroid swellings should be classified as benign, cancer suspected, and cancer probable.