Thyroid Cancer News and Research

Thyroid nodule size may determine cancer risk
10/18/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, doctors from the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago presented research that found that patients with large thyroid nodules may benefit from surgery, as half of these nodules may be malignant.
Increased rates of thyroid cancer may be a result of nuclear testing
10/18/2010 - According to a recent New York Times article, thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been on the rise for nearly 40 years. This means that the impacts of radioactive iodine fallout from nuclear weapons testing cannot be ruled out, according to CounterPunch.org.
Unnecessary exposure to radiation may lead to thyroid cancer
10/10/2010 - Many Americans are receiving dangerously high doses of radiation from an unlikely source. Despite potential thyroid and other cancer risks, CT scans - tests that use a focused beam of X-rays to provide a sharp cross-section view of soft tissues - are a powerful source of radiation that are used every day, the LA Times reports.
EPA launches cleanup efforts of thyroid disrupting chemicals in California water supply
10/07/2010 - This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will build pumps and treatment systems to clean contaminated groundwater from the Rialto-Colton basin in California, and deliver it to homes and businesses. The cleanup, is an effort to remove toxic chemicals which have been linked to thyroid problems and cancer.
Study shows cancer stem cells present in thyroid cancer
10/05/2010 - A study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress supports the existence of cancer stem cells in thyroid cancer.
Coal ash exposure may increase risk of thyroid cancer
10/04/2010 - Little Blue Run Dam is an unlined coal fly ash impoundment that reaches into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For those living near this and similar facilities, the risk of thyroid and other cancers can be as high as 1 in 50, which is 2,000 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "acceptable cancer risk of 1 in 100,000." This statistic only takes into account the risk of cancer from arsenic exposure in drinking water, AlterNet reports.
Tenor loses his voice to thyroid cancer, recovers and performs
10/04/2010 - Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently came forward about his battle with thyroid cancer. The New York Post reports that the singer was diagnosed in 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his Met debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Presence of thyroglobulin after radioiodine treatment may indicate recurrence of thyroid cancer
09/26/2010 - Detecting thyroglobulin (Tg) after initial surgery and radioactive iodine (131I) therapy for thyroid cancer may be predictive of an early cancer recurrence, according to a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, Doctor's Guide reports.
French Polynesians who were exposed to nuclear waste may be at risk for thyroid cancer
09/21/2010 - Researchers from the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris recently announced that Polynesians who were exposed to fallout from France's atmospheric nuclear tests in the South Pacific face a low risk of developing thyroid cancer, the Associated Press reports. France carried out 41 atmospheric tests in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1975 before conducting all further blasts underground.
New drug could help those with aggressive thyroid cancer
09/20/2010 - A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology reveals that the drug pazopanib may help patients with metastatic, rapidly progressing thyroid cancers.
New molecular test may prevent unnecessary surgery in patients with benign thyroid nodules
09/20/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, Veracyte - a molecular diagnostics company - announced that its fine needle aspirates (FNA) test determined thyroid nodules as benign with a high degree of accuracy, which could help thousands of patients each year avoid surgery.
Thyroid cancer patients are increasingly using alternative therapies
09/16/2010 - In a report presented during the recent International Thyroid Congress, researchers from Boston University (BU) Medical Center found that more than 80 percent of patients with thyroid cancer report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy. However, for 18 percent of those individuals, their CAM use was neither known nor prescribed by their physician, and their physician did not ask them about it, Endocrine Today reports.
New type of surgery may benefit thyroid cancer patients
09/12/2010 - Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are performing a new type of surgery that can remove thyroid cancer tumors without visible scarring, and without affecting speech or the ability to eat. An incisionless robotic surgical procedure called TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) allows patients to return to their normal lives in only a few days without significant pain or disfigurement.
China sees increase in hypothyroidism cases
09/12/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Chinese Medical Association's endocrinology branch shows that approximately one in 15 citizens is suffering from hypothyroidism. According to China Daily, this could be related to the nation's 1995 mandate to add iodine to salt.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/08/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
New type of radiation therapy delivers faster treatment
09/08/2010 - Recent studies have shown that TomoTherapy - a system used to treat common and rare tumors throughout the body - may be more effective than other types of radiation.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/08/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey battles thyroid cancer and continues to dance
09/06/2010 - Actress Jennifer Grey may be best known for her role in the movie Dirty Dancing, and she has recently joined the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). However, the actress recently battled thyroid cancer, which was found during her pre-DWTS health screening, USA Today reports.
Molecular imaging could improve thyroid cancer detection and treatment
09/02/2010 - A series of studies published in the latest issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine show that molecular imaging plays a critical role in the evaluation and treatment of a spectrum of cancers, including thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, Hodgkin lymphoma and non-small cell lung cancer, Health Imaging reports.
Mayo Clinic creates four new anaplastic thyroid cancer cell lines for research
08/26/2010 - Several years ago, scientists from the Mayo Clinic discovered that the laboratory samples of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that they were using for research were from some other type of cancer. The researchers then set out to create a new set of laboratory ATC cells, derived from tumors donated by patients.
Australian celebrity opens up about thyroid cancer diagnosis and recovery
08/25/2010 - Mark Holden, former Australian Idol judge and 1970s pop music star, recently spoke to the media about his battle with thyroid cancer. The 56-year-old was diagnosed earlier this year after discovering a lump in his neck last September, Australian Women's Weekly (AWW) reports.
Actress Catherine Bell beat thyroid cancer to become TV star
08/22/2010 - Catherine Bell is an actress, wife and the mother of her second child. The starlet has appeared on hit television shows such as Sugar and Spice, JAG and, most recently, Army Wives. However, Bell's toughest role is that of cancer survivor.
Radiation exposure may increase risk of thyroid disorders
08/12/2010 - One potential cause of thyroid disorders is exposure to radiation. People who have been exposed to production of nuclear weapons or above-ground detonation of an atomic bomb may have a higher risk for developing thyroid cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Moreover, children who have been exposed to nuclear substances may be more vulnerable to these conditions than adults.
Mutated gene may induce development of thyroid cancer
08/04/2010 - Scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a gene called PTEN that may induce the development of thyroid cancer when mutated.
Mayo Clinic: Rarely used anaplastic thyroid cancer treatment highly effective
07/29/2010 - Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have said that a new approach to anaplastic thyroid cancer, which is a rare malignancy, has produced significant results, although it has only been used on a small group of patients.
 
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