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The more common types of thyroid cancer are named for where they start in the cells. The major types are:
Differentiated thyroid cancer:
Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer, making up about 85 percent of all thyroid cancers and is found in the broadest spectrum of age groups from children to elderly adults.
Follicular accounts for about 10 percent of thyroid cancers. It can spread to nearby lymph nodes, as well as distant areas of the body.
Hurthle cell thyroid cancer This cancer is a subtype of follicular thyroid cancer. These cancers make up about 3% of all thyroid cancers. They are more difficult to diagnose and treat.
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.