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79: 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

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75: Thyroid Cancer Does Not Respond to RAI Treatment Options

In this episode, topics include:
* Drug therapy for patients that fail standard therapy; including surgery and RAI
* Not all patients have same behavior for their cancer
* Some cancers are aggressive
* Not many thyroid cancer patients are affected by this; maybe a few thousand in the U.S., but not tens of thousands
* What is the treatment protocol for therapy?
* Lenvatinib or Sorafenib is the treatment for refectory thyroid cancer
* Lenvatinib tends to be more effective
* Sorafenib is tolerated by the patient better
* Other options to consider include, molecular profiling or some thyroid cancers carry mutation that is targetable, or BRAF
* BRAF inhibitors used with thyroid cancer patients
* Molecular profiling
* DNA sequencing

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