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Health Tip: Differing Thyroid Tests

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The thyroid is an endocrine gland that makes hormones and helps regulate bodily activities, such as how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. Doctors may suggest a thyroid test if they suspect the gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). The U.S. National Library of Medicine says potential tests may include: TSH - Measures thyroid-stimulating ...

Why Are Doctors Removing Too Many Thyroids?

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – More Americans than ever are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and most are having the entire gland removed in response. But that is an overreaction to a cancer that likely will not kill most people who are diagnosed with it, two doctors argue in a new report. Most cases of thyroid cancer could be treated either by partial removal of the thyroid gland or by simply ...

FDA Approves Tafinlar + Mekinist for the Treatment of BRAF-Positive Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

May 4, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib), administered together, for the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), and has a type of abnormal gene, BRAF V600E (BRAF V600E mutation-positive). “This is the first FDA-approved treatment for p ...

Thyroid Cancer Survivors at Risk for Heart Disease

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Men and women who survive thyroid cancer have a sharply increased risk for heart disease, a new study finds. And researchers say males and overweight survivors are particularly at risk. "Our study found that male thyroid cancer survivors have an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than women, while thyroid cancer survivors with obesity have ...

Drug Duo, Tafinlar and Mekinist, Approved for Aggressive Thyroid Cancer

Posted 4 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Two anti-cancer drugs administered together have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an inherited form of thyroid cancer. Tafinlar (dabrafenib) and Mekinist (trametinib) combined have been approved to treat anaplastic thyroid cancer caused by an abnormal BRAF V600E gene, the agency said Friday in a news release. Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a ...

No Routine Screening for Thyroid Cancer: Expert Panel

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Doctors shouldn't routinely screen adults for thyroid cancer if they have no symptoms or warning signs of the disease, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Doing so could cause more harm than good, said the independent panel of experts as it reaffirmed guidelines it issued in 1996 and 2016. "While there is very little evidence of the benefits of ...

Not All Hospitals Equal When It Comes to Pancreatic Cancer Care

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – When it comes to treating pancreatic cancer, where you have your surgery may have some impact on how long you live, according to a new study. The researchers found that people who travel to an academic medical center to undergo surgery for pancreatic cancer live a few months longer than those who choose to have their operation at a hospital closer to home. High-volume ...

Black Americans' Cancer Rates Differ by Birthplace

Posted 13 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 – Cancer rates differ between African- and U.S.-born black Americans, a new study finds. "Typically, cancer occurrence among blacks in the United States is presented as one homogenous group, with no breakdown by country or region of birth," said study co-author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist. "Our study shows that approach masks important ...

Household Flame Retardants Tied to Thyroid Cancer Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Flame retardants used in many home furnishings may boost the risk for thyroid cancer, researchers report. "Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the U.S., with most of the increase in new cases being papillary thyroid cancer," said study lead investigator Dr. Julie Ann Sosa. This is the most common type of thyroid cancer. "Recent studies suggest that ...

U.S. Thyroid Cancer Cases Continue to Rise

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – The rate of Americans diagnosed with thyroid cancer has more than tripled over the past four decades, and continues to rise more than 3 percent a year, new research shows. The rise can't be completely attributed to better detection or "overdiagnosis," said a team led by Cari Kitahara of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. The findings "are consistent with a true increase ...

Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to ...

Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Younger survivors of thyroid cancer are at increased risk for certain types of health problems later in life, a new study suggests. "As the number of thyroid cancer survivors grows, more people are living with other serious health conditions resulting from treatment," study lead author Brenna Blackburn said in an American Society of Clinical Oncology news release. ...

No Benefit From Routine Thyroid Cancer Screening: Task Force

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Doctors should not screen for thyroid cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation. It reaffirms a recommendation issued 20 years ago. Thyroid cancer is rare in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 64,300 new cases will be diagnosed, representing 3.8 percent of all new cancers. The ...

Scans Not Worthwhile for Most Thyroid Cancers: Study

Posted 21 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 – Having scans after treatment does not improve thyroid cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Michigan looked at more than 28,000 patients in the United States who were diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1998 and 2011. After treatment, 57 percent of the patients had at least one ultrasound, 24 percent had a ...

Thyroid Cancer Cases in U.S. Level Off, Perhaps Reflecting Diagnostic Changes

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Fewer thyroid cancers are diagnosed in the United States now than in the recent past, perhaps signaling a change in physician practices, a new study says. And many thyroid growths won't even be called "cancer" any more, according to another new report. The tripling of thyroid cancer cases over the past 30 years "used to be a mystery," said Dr. Luc Morris, lead author ...

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