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Cost for treatment and follow-up of thyroid cancer increases according to the severity of disease

 Soo Young Kim  ;  Seok‐Mo Kim  ;  Hojin Chang  ;  Bup‐Woo Kim  ;  Yong Sang Lee  ;  Soon‐Sun Kwon  ;  Hyunjung Shin  ;  Hang‐Seok Chang  ;  Cheong Soo Park 
 Head & Neck, Vol.41(7) : 2376-2379, 2019 
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 Head & Neck 
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cost effectiveness ; differentiated thyroid cancer ; extent of surgery ; healthcare cost ; thyroid cancer
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to provide an analysis of thyroid cancer-related health care costs over a 5-year period, according to the extent of thyroid surgery. METHODS: The study included 33 patients from our institutional database who underwent thyroid cancer surgery in 2010. Patients were divided into four groups based on surgical extent: (1) hemithyroidectomy, (2) total thyroidectomy, (3) total thyroidectomy with ipsilateral radical neck dissection, and (4) total thyroidectomy with bilateral radical neck dissection and mediastinal dissection. Costs for admission and outpatient follow-up for 5 years were analyzed. RESULTS: Costs for outpatient follow-up and admission, and overall cost increased with increasing stage of disease and increasing extent of thyroid surgery. Patients who underwent only hemithyroidectomy had the lowest costs for outpatient follow-up and admission, as well as the lowest overall cost. CONCLUSION: Over the 5-year follow-up period, surgery performed at an early disease stage was the most cost-effective.
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Kim, Bup Woo(김법우) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1342-9055
Kim, Seok Mo(김석모) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8070-0573
Kim, Soo Young(김수영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8919-3456
Park, Cheong Soo(박정수)
Lee, Yong Sang(이용상) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8234-8718
Chang, Hang Seok(장항석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5162-103X
Chang, Ho Jin(장호진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8940-3484
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