Santa Monica Thyroid Center’s Active Surveillance Program for microcancers is not a clinical trial research study
Clinical trials have been ongoing for 22 years in other countries. and have shown the value of deferred surgery and Active Surveillance by expert thyroidologists. As usual the USA is late to realize the importance of not doing a biopsy or operating on most micro thyroid nodules < 1.3-1.5 cm.
Clinical trials are beginning in the USA at major centers. Your individual case can be handled as a private outpatient far away from the paperwork and waits and examination room full of students interns,residents and fellows seen daily at major university centers.
The thyroid patient does not have to enter a clinical trail to have the micro-nodule diagnosed and followed by an expert clinical thyroidologist and sonologist. Say no to more clinical trials and visit me at my private center for an initial evaluation to see if your nodule can be followed without a biopsy or if not after one with molecular markers. With a small waiting room and a no waiting policy you can have your initial and follow up visits fast and you will only see your thyroidologist who does your endocrine ultrasound himself.
Call Matthew Foss at 310-393-8860 if you think you have a micronodule or microcancer that could be considered for active surveillance.