Author(s): Ida Marie Tabangay-Lim, M.D., F.P.C.S.; Arlene T. Fajardo, M.D., F.P.C.S.; Marwin Emerson V. Matic, M.D. and Alfred Philip O. de Dios, M.D., F.P.C.S. for the Philippine Academy of Head and Neck Surgeons, Inc.
Fernando L. Lopez, M.D., F.P.C.S. and Nilo C. De los Santos, M.D., F.P.C.S. for the Philippine Society of General Surgeons
Ma. Luisa D. Aquino, M.D., F.P.C.S.; Ma. Cheryl L. Cucueco, M.D., F.P.C.S.; Leonardo O. Ona III, M.D., F.P.C.S. and Jose Modesto B. Abellera III, M.D., F.P.C.S. for the Philippine College of Surgeons Committee on Surgical Research
The Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) through its Committee on Surgical Research, in cooperation with the Philippine Society of General Surgeons (PSGS) and the Philippine Academy of Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (PAHNSI) published the Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline on Thyroid Nodules in 2008 (PJSS Vol 63 No. 3). This guideline covers the comprehensive management of thyroid nodules -both benign and malignant. After five years, the PCS through its Committee on Cancer and Committee on Surgical Research, again in cooperation with the PAHNSI and the PSGS worked on updating its guidelines particularly those pertaining to the management of thyroid cancer, which is among the top ten cancers in the Philippines. This update focuses on the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of the management of well-differentiated thyroid cancer including postoperative surveillance. It is based on the most recent available scientific evidence and the views of local experts. It is intended to guide surgeons (fellows, resident trainees) and general physicians involved in the management of thyroid cancer and practicing in the Philippines.
Key words: Clinical Practice Guidelines on Thyroid Nodules