58: No Biopsy is 100% Accurate⎥Molecular Testing Gets Close, with Dr. Bridget Brady from Austin Thyroid Surgeons
Dr. Bridget Brady is Austin’s first fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon.
In this episode the following topics are discussed:
Austin Thyroid Surgeons sees 30 patients per week with thyroid nodules
Up to 80% of US population could have a thyroid nodule(s)
less than 5% of Dr Brady’s thyroid nodule patients test positive for cancer
How relevant is what I don’t know won’t hurt me in thyroid cancer and biopsies of nodules?
BETHESDA system or the middle category, also known as indeterminate
For thyroid nodules that are indeterminate, historically a surgery would be performed
With molecular testing, surgery can be decreased by up to 50%
Afirma molecular testing uses messenger RNA
If Afirma comes back suspicious it does NOT necessarily mean it is cancer
43: A Summary of Radioactive Iodine Treatment for Thyroid Cancer, with Dr. Alan Waxman from Cedars Sinai
Not all thyroid cancer patients who receive a thyroidectomy require radioactive iodine, but for those whose cancer maybe more aggressive and spread beyond the thyroid area, often radioactive iodine (RAI) is protocol.
RAI treatment may vary depending on the hospital.
In this interview, Dr. Alan Waxman explains what occurs leading up to, during, and after RAI. Topics discussed include:
If staying at the hospital after taking RAI, how long is the stay required?
Should you go home after RAI?
What is the benefit of staying overnight at the hospital when receiving RAI?
Worldwide trends toward prescribing lower doses of RAI.
Is there risk in RAI causing leukemia?
39: Thyroid Cancer Web Sites Confuse Patients with Dr. Rashika Bansal from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
In this episode Dr. Bansal shares the research she presented at AACE 2017 and ENDO 2017, regarding the poor readability scores for thyroid cancer web sites.
The challenge for these web sites and health institutions is to translate thyroid education from complex to simple and easy to understand. Currently, many patients are not following up with treatment, citing confusion after being exposed to the various thyroid cancer education resources.
34: What Happens When Thyroid Cancer Travels to the Lungs? with Dr. Fabian Pitoia from the Hospital of University of Buenos Aires
What Happens When Thyroid Cancer Travels to the Lungs?
In this interview, Dr. Fabian Pitoia discusses the treatment for distant metastatic thyroid cancer.
Topics discussed include:
10% of thyroid cancer patients will have distant metastatic disease
The disease will travel to lungs, bones, or both
Treatment with RAI is most effective for those under 40 years old
Evaluation of metastatic thyroid cancer in the lungs is a CT scan
In 2006, there was a change in the treatment of the disease
30: Thyroid Cancer and Children with Dr. Andrew Bauer from the Perelman School of Medicine, U of Pennsylvania
Managing thyroid cancer in children, sometimes more complex than adults
In this episode Dr. Bauer shares the complexities of managing children with thyroid nodules, and differentiated thyroid cancer. This is a must listen interview for parents whose child has a thyroid nodule or thyroid cancer diagnosis.
There are a several important differences in how pediatric thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) present and respond to therapy. Kids are less frequently diagnosed with a thyroid nodule; however, the risk for malignancy is four- to fivefold higher compared with an adult thyroid nodule.
17: Información Clave Para Saber Sobre el Cáncer de Tiroides y La Cirugía con el Doctor Fabián Pitoia del Hospital de Clínicas – Universidad de Buenos Aires
El Dr Fabián Pitoia es Médico Endocrinólogo, es Jefe de la Sección Tiroides y Coordinador del Área Investigación de la División Endocrinología del Hospital de Clínicas – Universidad de Buenos Aires.
En esta entrevista, discutiremos:
Los síntomas que una experiencia del paciente puede saber que tienen un problema
Si cirugía siempre es una necesidad
Cuándo se quita sólo la mitad de la tiroides?