Medullary thyroid cancer

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a rare form of cancer of the thyroid gland. It usually occurs as an isolated case on its own (sporadic), but it is sometimes inherited (i.e. passed down from one generation to the next in a family). It originates from the parafollicular cells (C cells) of the thyroid, which produce calcitonin and behaves differently from the more common differentiated thyroid cancer.

General resources

Medullary thyroid cancer (British Thyroid Association

Introduction to multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) and associated disorders (AMEND)

Medullary thyroid cancer (AMEND)

Familial medullary thyroid cancer (AMEND)


Surgery for thyroid cancer (British Thyroid Association)

Thyroid surgery (British Thyroid Foundation)

Thyroid surgery (American Thyroid Association)

Complications and long term survivorship

Hypoparathyroidism (Hypopara UK)

Patient information and stories