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Is Radiofrequency Ablation an Option for my Thyroid Nodule?

RFA Thyroid nodule

If you have been told that there is no alternative to surgical excision of your thyroid nodule, you have been given outdated advice. Radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules is an excellent alternative. This technique allows thyroid nodules to be reduced in size without a surgical incision or a trip to the operating room. The overwhelming […]

Thyroid Nodule Biopsy and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Thyroid nodule treatment

Thyroid nodule workup, biopsy and treatment with minimally invasive thyroidectomy The thyroid is one of the vital glands in the body. When there are issues with it, there can be major health problems with other organs and systems. A few functions of a normal thyroid include: Produces thyroid hormones – T3 and T4. These are […]

Will Afirma Put an End to Diagnostic Thyroid Surgery?

A new patented genetic test seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary thyroid surgeries. Veracyte is a company that has a patent on Afirma, a genetic testing tool that extracts genetic information from thyroid needle biopsies and compares it to a database of known thyroid cancer-associated genetic mutations. Statistical rigor is applied and the specimen […]

Prevalence of thyroid cancer in the U.S.?

From EndocrineWeb: How prevalent is thyroid cancer in the U.S.?.  Certainly a diagnosis that is increasing.  Increasing so much in fact that we may be changing what our our definition of thyroid cancer is in the next 20 years.  Currently we call a lot of lesions “cancer” that are only noticed under the microscope in patients who […]