Thyroid Cancer: Less Is More?

Thyroid Cancer: Less Is More?

Thyroid cancer has been on the rise for the past 10 years. This was mainly because a total thyroidectomy was the standard for any tumors found on the thyroid. However, that standard may be changing. The American Thyroid Association states the standard of care for a tumor found on your thyroid is to have the entire thyroid removed followed by radioactive iodine to destroy any remaining cancer cells. This treatment leaves the patient needing thyroid hormone replacement for the rest of their lives.

But the standard changed. In 2015, the American Thyroid Association put out new recommendations for scaling back treatment of low-risk tumors, says association president Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, a professor at the Boston University School of Medicine.

The problem is that even though new recommendations have be released, the number of surgeries has not decreased. In fact, the number of total thyroid removals has increased. In the following article, Carey Goldberg explains the issues.

http://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2018/11/09/thyroid-cancer-treatment-surgery

 

Since we are talking about the treatment of tumors, the U.S. has it’s first domestic source of radio-active iodine in 30 years. This iodine is one of the most widely used radiopharmaceuticals in the United States.

You can read the full report by Nancy Crotti here:

U of Missouri becomes first to ship isotope for thyroid cancer in U.S.

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