“The goal of this study is to turn it into a long-term, longitudinal cohort,” said Grogan, who hopes to develop a tool that physicians can use to assess the psychological wellbeing of thyroid cancer survivors. “But, there was no way to do that with thyroid cancer because no one had ever studied quality of life or psychology of thyroid cancer before.”
How often does thyroidectomy result in surgical errors or unwanted outcomes? The answer is much more often than reported. The reported surgical error rate for papillary thyroid cancer is 2 – 3%, however, research reveals errors are nearly six-times that number.
Kimberly Vanderveen, MD is a Colorado native and graduate of Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, CO. She received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She then earned her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 2001.
In this episode, the following topics are discussed:
* Two roads of tests: rule out and malignant markers
* Rule-out tests picks up innocent behavior pattern. Most common is Afirma
* Malignant markers, or rule-in tests, are useful at determining extent of surgery, and help avoid a second or third surgery. ThyroSeq, ThyraMIR, Rosetta
* Do patients get both tests? Rule out and behavior?
* Approximately 15% of FNA’s come back indeterminate. Some centers as high as 30%
* Managing indeterminate nodules when a patient chooses no surgery.
* Taking into account emotional, financial, and lifestyle goals of the patient.
Dr. Shaha specializes in head and neck surgery, with a particular interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He uses an algorithm of selective thyroid tumor criteria (the size, location, stage and type of cancer, along with the patient’s age), to tailor therapy to each individual’s circumstances.
In this interview, topics include:
* The first question a surgeon should ask and why.
* When talking active surveillance or observation, changing the language to deferred intervention, ‘we are going to defer’.
* Understanding the biology of the cancer
* The biology of thyroid cancer is a friendly cancer.