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When your care team determines your diagnosis, they also assess what stage of thyroid cancer you have. Staging describes:
Size of the tumor
Location of the cancer
Whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to where
A thyroid cancer diagnosis and its staging help you and your doctor make decisions about your treatment plan. This information is also helpful in determining your prognosis (probable outcome based on the experience of others). Your physician will go over your stage with you at your clinic visit.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.