Thyroid Cancer News and Research

Studies summarize promising innovations in molecular diagnosis of thyroid cancer
05/17/2011 - Two recently released studies, one written by a pair of Greek endocrinologists and the other by an American pathologist, summarize the latest advancements made into the molecular analysis and diagnosis of thyroid cancer.
Researchers assess causes of death among those who succumb to well-differentiated thyroid cancer
05/15/2011 - While well-differentiated thyroid cancer (WDTC) tends to have a high post-surgical survival rate, individuals who have been treated for this form of thyroid disease occasionally die nonetheless, and a team of New York researchers recently attempted to determine the reasons why.
Genetic changes in thyroid cancer block vitamin D3 absorption in tumor cells
05/11/2011 - A recent letter to the editor of the journal Thyroid commented on the apparent connection between papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and the overexpression of the CYP24A1 gene, which codes for enzymes that deactivate vitamin D3.
Study examines occult medullary thyroid cancer
05/10/2011 - Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a relatively rare form of thyroid disease, one that is often difficult to detect, which is one reason why scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently attempted to quantify the rate at which MTC goes undiscovered until a thyroidectomy.
Studies recommend maintaining current protocol for radioactive iodine treatment of thyroid cancer
05/05/2011 - Though a significant body of research recommends that all patients who have been given radioactive iodine 131 (I-131) for thyroid cancer be hospitalized overnight, two new studies suggest keeping the procedure outpatient.
Case report describes misdiagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer
04/26/2011 - The importance of correctly pinpointing papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) was recently highlighted in a case report describing the misdiagnosis of the disease as carcinoma of the lungs.
Medicines may one day target papillary thyroid cancer based on its genetic source
04/24/2011 - Given that thyroid cancer is a disease that originates in mutations of DNA, an Italian researcher recently reviewed the state of genomic medicine, a healthcare field that has the potential to treat malignancies at the genetic level.
In mildest cases of thyroid cancer, radioactive iodine therapy may be unnecessary
04/21/2011 - While radioactive iodine is routinely prescribed to treat many forms of thyroid cancer, a group of New York researchers stated that this therapy may be unnecessary or even dangerous among patients with the mildest forms of the disease.
Genetic analysis spots hereditary cases of medullary thyroid cancer
04/20/2011 - A significant percentage of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) cases are hereditary, caused by a genetic mutation that researchers recently sought while examining the DNA of Middle Eastern adults with apparently sporadic cases of the disease.
Study establishes epidemiology of thyroid cancer by type, demographic group
04/18/2011 - Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and several U.S. universities recently analyzed state-based thyroid cancer data in order to determine the incidence of each variety of the disease among American demographic groups.
Medullary thyroid cancer may literally be 'a pain in the neck'
04/17/2011 - It can be difficult to detect the presence of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), but new research suggests that individuals with neck pain are more likely than those without it to have an advanced case of the disease.
Minimally invasive surgery for thyroid disease may be fit for children
04/13/2011 - Research conducted at Georgia Health Sciences University indicates that minimally invasive surgery for thyroid disease, a procedure once only used among adults, appears to have few complications for children and teens.
What is diffuse sclerosing papillary thyroid cancer? Rare and dangerous, experts say
04/11/2011 - Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is the thyroid gland's most common and treatable carcinoma, but new research has outlined a rare but much more serious variant of this disease.
FDA approves drug to treat aggressive medullary thyroid cancer
04/10/2011 - After an international, double-blind clinical trial conducted among patients with advanced medullary thyroid cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a medication called vandetanib to treat the disease.
Experts update recommendations for radioactive iodine therapy for thyroid disease
04/07/2011 - Researchers on a task force developed by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) recently created an updated list of recommendations that healthcare providers may consult before prescribing radioactive iodine 131 (I-131) to treat thyroid disease.
Genetic intestinal condition increases risk of thyroid disease, cancer
04/05/2011 - Recent research seems to confirm the growing consensus that an inherited intestinal polyp condition may increase the risk of thyroid disease.
'Decision aid' may inform people with early-stage thyroid cancer of their options
04/04/2011 - Researchers at the University of Toronto recently made a computer-based educational program to better inform people with papillary thyroid cancer of their treatment options.
Expert discusses dental x-rays and thyroid cancer risk
04/03/2011 - Recently, a medical expert at CNN Health reviewed the risk of thyroid cancer associated with repeated exposure to dental x-rays.
Small tumors in adults over age 45 become most common form of papillary thyroid cancer
03/27/2011 - Data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have shown that the most common form of papillary thyroid cancer is now microcarcinomas occurring in adults over the age of 45.
Statement addresses radiation, radioactive iodine, risk of thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - In the wake of the radiation leaks at Fukushima I Nuclear Plant in Japan, U.S. health officials recently released a statement regarding the disaster's risk to thyroid health.
Delphian node involvement may mean worse outlook for thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - A new study has determined that when thyroid cancer metastasizes in the Delphian lymph node, there is a higher likelihood that many parts of the neck will be involved as well.
Study: DNA-transcribing protein affects severity of anaplastic thyroid cancer
03/17/2011 - Anaplastic thyroid cancer is one of the most dangerous varieties of thyroid carcinoma, but a new study may have found at least one genetic controller that determines its severity.
Physicians note unusual reaction to radioactive iodine after thyroidectomy
03/16/2011 - Healthcare experts say that radioactive iodine can be safely administered after a thyroidectomy because only leftover thyroid cells will absorb the isotope. However, a group of physicians recently witnessed an exception to this principle.
In Japan, experts say biggest fallout-related risk is thyroid cancer
03/15/2011 - While experts are saying that North Americans are unlikely to be affected by radiation leaks in Japan, they are noting that Japanese citizens may have a higher risk of thyroid cancer.
UN releases report on Chernobyl survivors with thyroid cancer
03/11/2011 - The biggest negative health impact caused by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is the subsequent increase in Ukrainian thyroid cancer rates, according to a new United Nations (UN) report.
 
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