|Authors||Adler JT, Sippel RS, Schaefer S, Chen H|
|Journal||Lancet Oncol. Volume: 9 Issue: 11 Pages: 1069-75|
|Publish Date||2008 Nov|
Endocrine disease has been recognised for thousands of years, but surgical treatment of endocrine disorders has only been widely used in the past century. Surgery is an effective treatment for hyperfunctioning glands and benign and malignant tumours. Advances in surgical technique have led to the development of short and safe operations with a high cure rate, and recent studies have not only assessed the success of the operations but also have focused on how these diseases affect patient-reported quality of life before and after surgery. In this Review, we summarise current approaches to surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disease, focusing on how these approaches both preserve function and improve quality of life after surgery.