Editorial: Does Every Thyroid Cancer Patient Need Surgery?

Ziv Gil and Salem Billan


In the management of malignant thyroid disorders, the standard primary treatment is thyroidectomy, a surgical resection of the thyroid gland. This procedure has been performed for over a century. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it is not only exceedingly well-described in the literature. This issue of Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal includes an article by Chaturvedi et al. that challenges the standard widely-practiced clinical inclination toward surgery as the first and best option for all patients with early thyroid cancer. This editorial discusses the issues raised by the authors and points out the importance of ongoing research to determine when standards of care should be modified in the light of low-risk disease.

Rambam Maimonides Med J 2022;13(2):e0014