Quality of Life
88: For Some Thyroid Cancer Patients, No Surgery is the Best Treatment → Dr. Allen Ho from Cedars Sinai
Undesired consequences and a patient’s profession should weigh heavily in the decision to have thyroid surgery, or not. Dr. Allen Ho is a fellowship-trained head
87: Is There a Stigma to Choosing Active Surveillance? → Dr. Louise Davies from The Dartmouth Institute
The past year has been fascinating and highly fruitful year for Dartmouth Institute Associate Professor Louise Davies, MD, MS. A 2017-2018 Fulbright Global Scholar, Davis
84: Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer? — Stop — Do Not Rush Into Surgery → Dr. Bryan McIver – Moffitt Cancer Center
If your thyroid cancer is not aggressive, taking your time, and vetting surgeons and exploring treatment options is your best choice. Bryan McIver, MD, PhD
83: The Financial Risk of Thyroid Surgery → Dr. Jonas de Souza – Oncologist, Medical Director at Humana
Death rate of papillary thyroid cancer is less than .001%, however, thyroid cancer surgery results in job loss or unemployment in 40% of patients. Jonas
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis affects 14 million people in the United States alone,1 making it not only the most common form of thyroiditis but also the most
35: Rethinking Thyroid Cancer – When Saying No to Surgery Maybe Best for You with Dr. Allen Ho from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles
Weighing treatment options for thyroid cancer, with deep consideration for the patient’s lifestyle, could become the new norm in assessing whether surgery is the best path.
Dr. Allen Ho states, “if a patient is a ballerina or an opera singer, or any other profession that could be jeopardized due to undesired consequences of thyroid cancer surgery, then the best treatment path maybe active surveillance.” Undesired consequences of thyroid cancer surgery could be vocal cord paralysis, damage to the parathyroid glands resulting in calcium deficiencies, excessive bleeding or formation of a major blood clot in the neck, shoulder nerve damage, numbness, wound infection, and mental impairment due to hypothyroid-like symptoms.