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Anatomy and Physiology of the Thyroid Gland
Overview of the anatomy of the thyroid gland and the important surrounding structures that must be protected during surgery.
Central Compartment Lymph Node Surgery
Thyroid cancer can spread to surrounding lymph nodes in the neck. Here is an explanation of the function of lymph nodes and the procedure to remove those affected by disease.
Clinical Trials in Thyroid Cancer Management
Clinical trials may be an option for some advanced thyroid cancers. Learn more about when they may be considered and the different phases of a clinical trial which must be approved by the FDA.
Diagnostic Whole Body Imaging and Assessment of Response to Therapy
When is Diagnostic Whole Body Imaging with radioiodine used? Learn about the type and amount of radioiodine that should be administered.
Different Types of Thyroid Cancer: An Overview
A brief overview of the different types of cancer that can arise in the thyroid gland.
Evaluation and Management of Thyroid Cancer During Pregnancy
Discovering thyroid cancer during pregnancy can be particularly stressful. Here is an explanation for how thyroid cancer can be treated safely during pregnancy.
Evaluation and Management of Thyroid Nodules During Pregnancy
Overview of how doctors evaluate pregnant women with a thyroid growth and the next steps for testing the nodule to find out if it is cancer.
Evaluation of Thyroid Nodules
Overview of how doctors evaluate a growth in the thyroid and the next steps for examining the nodule to find out if it is cancer.
First Degree Relatives and Thyroid Cancer: What the Patient and Family Should Know
First degree relatives may be at higher risk for developing thyroid cancer. Learn about the screening process that first degree relatives should undergo and the prognosis for inherited disease.
Hypocalcemia may develop after surgery if the blood supply to the parathyroid glands is interrupted. This may be temporary or permanent and can be managed with Calcium pill supplements.
Informed Consent for Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
Understand the essential information required for informed consent prior to a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, including the reasons for the procedure, an explanation of the procedure, and the possibility of an inconclusive or false-reading.
Informed Consent for Hemithyroidectomy
The surgeon may decide to remove only half the thyroid gland when a nodule is suspicious for disease and then test half the gland during surgery to find out if the other half must also be removed. This video explains the possibility of the removal of the entire thyroid gland as well as risks involved in the procedure.
Informed Consent for Lateral and Central Compartment Lymph Node Removal
Understand the essential information required for informed consent prior to a Neck Dissection (central compartment and lateral compartment lymph node removal).
Informed Consent for Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Understand the essential information required for informed consent prior to Radioactive Iodine Therapy.
Informed Consent for Revision Lymph Node Surgery
Discussion of the indications for the reoperation on the neck for lymph node removal. This video provides a description of the procedure, the risks involved and important information to be aware of during the recovery period.
Informed Consent for TCCC
Welcome to the TCCC. Learn about the many benefits and exciting features of our secure, HIPAA compliant program.
Informed Consent for Thyroidectomy
Understand the essential information required for informed consent prior to a Total Thyroidectomy. This includes the reasons for the procedure, an explanation of the procedure and its risks, and the recovery period.
Introduction to the Clinical Decision Making Modules
Explanation of the TCCC's Clinical Decision Making Modules which were created by national thyroid cancer experts, with the goal of helping patients understand decisions being made in their care.
Iodine Deficient Diet: Preparing for Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Prior to Radioactive Iodine Therapy, patients must avoid consuming iodine because it competes with the radioactively labeled iodine for absorption. Here is an outline of what can and cannot be consumed when preparing for treatment.
Lateral Compartment Lymph Node Surgery
Thyroid cancer can spread to the lymph nodes on both sides of the neck. Here is a description of the different sections of the lateral neck and the procedure for removing those lymph nodes affected by cancer.
Management of a Patient Diagnosed with Papillary or Follicular Thyroid Cancer: An Overview
Overview of the management of the most common types of thyroid cancer from initial diagnosis and treatment through disease surveillance recommendations.
Medullary Thyroid Cancer: an Overview
Medullary Thyroid Cancer often has a genetic component. Learn about Medullary Thyroid Cancer including causes, initial treatment, disease surveillance, and other additional treatments that may be indicated.
Monitoring of Vocal Cords During Thyroid Surgery
Neural monitoring is a safe technique in which electrical stimulation is used to ensure the vocal cords are not injured during surgery. Learn how this technique is utilized during thyroid surgery.
Precautions following RAI Treatment
This video describes the strict precautions that must be followed after Radioactive Iodine Treatment in order to protect both the environment and other people from being contaminated by radioactive material.
Prognosis in Papillary and Follicular Thyroid Cancer
An explanation of the cancer staging and risk stratification systems and how they are used to determine prognosis of a patient with thyroid cancer.
Radioactive Iodine and Pregnancy
Radioactive Iodine should never be administered to a pregnant woman because it can be harmful to the fetus. Here is a review of when it is appropriate to undergo radioactive iodine therapy after delivery.
Radioactive Iodine Therapy
Radioactive Iodine Therapy is a treatment used after surgery to detect or eliminate any remaining thyroid tissue. Here is an overview of preliminary diagnostic testing, risks, and details of treatment.
Radioactive Iodine Therapy Immediately After Thyroid Surgery (Remnant Ablation)
Radioactive Iodine Therapy is a treatment used after surgery to detect or eliminate any remaining thyroid tissue. Here is an explanation of how it can be used to remove any remaining thyroid tissue as well as who should receive this therapy and how the correct dosage of radioiodine is determined.
Response to Therapy and Restratification of Patients with Differentiated Thyroid Cancer
After treatment, a patient's disease stage, risk for recurrence and response to therapy are determined. These factors will direct the necessary follow-up care.
Role of External Beam Radiotherapy
External Beam Radiotherapy may be indicated for treatment of advanced thyroid cancer. Here is an explanation of how it works, details of the procedure and the potential side effects.
Role of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Suppression
Overview of how Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) works, who requires TSH suppression, the side effects of TSH suppression, and how to assess response to therapy.
Same Day Thyroidectomy Surgery
Some patients can choose to return home the same day as their surgery. Learn more about the outpatient surgery process and the symptoms to be aware of after surgery.
Side Effects of Radioactive Iodine Therapy
There are many potential side effects that can affect patients after Radioactive Iodine therapy including salivary gland problems, dry mouth, loss of taste, nausea and tear duct scarring. Learn how to help alleviate these negative side effects.
Staging of Thyroid Cancer
The TNM Staging system is used to describe tumor size (T), spread of disease to the lymph nodes (N), and metastasis to other parts of the body (M). Depending on the TNM staging, the patient can be categorized as having stage 1, 2, 3, or 4 thyroid cancer. Learn about the importance of this system and the implications for prognosis.
Surveillance Strategies in Thyroid Cancer Follow-Up
Review of the different tests used to check for recurrent disease once treatment is completed as well as necessary next steps if test results suggest the possibility of recurrent disease.
Thyroid Cancer Spread to Lymph Nodes
Thyroid cancer may spread to the surrounding lymph nodes. Here is an explanation of the implications of metastatic nodes, how to treat them and the necessary surveillance required after treatment.
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy: T3 and T4 Hormones
Thyroid supplements are required after thyroid surgery; here is an explanation of the two types of thyroid hormone and how supplements should be administered after thyroid surgery, as well as the challenges in solidifying the exact dosage and timing of administration of these pills.
Thyroid Hormone Withdrawal Versus Thyrogen Stimulation as Preparation For Remnant Ablation and RAI Adjuvant Therapy
Thyroid Hormone levels must be suppressed prior to Radioactive Iodine Treatment so that the radioactively labeled iodine can be absorbed. Learn about the two ways to suppress Thyroid Hormone in preparation for Radioactive Iodine Treatment.
Treatment of Metastatic Thyroid Cancer
A description of the typical behavior of metastatic thyroid cancer, as well as the prognosis and some potential treatment options which may prevent disease from progressing.
Understanding the Results of a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
Review of the different biopsy results and their implications, as well as when a biopsy should be repeated.