Thyroid Cancer Ethanol Ablation Treatment 101: The Secret is Out That Surgery is Not The Only Treatment for Recurrent Thyroid Cancers

Thyroid Cancer Ethanol Ablation Treatment 101: The Secret is Out That Surgery is Not The Only Treatment for Recurrent Thyroid Cancers

Thyroid Cancer Ethanol Ablation Treatment 101: The Secret is Out That Surgery is Not The Only Treatment for Recurrent Thyroid Cancers

Thyroid Cancer Ethanol Ablation Treatment 101: The Secret is Out That Surgery is Not The Only Treatment for Recurrent Thyroid Cancers.

 

Comment: Today in the Washington Diplomat we find this article to share about alternative ethanol ablation for thyroid cancers ionstead of another neck surgery.

Bravo to Gina Shaw for writing this article. Here are the major points.

Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU.

Alcohol Ablation: Little-Known Treatment for Thyroid Cancer

1. Survivor of thyroid cancer but year, or two, or five later, your doctor tells you that the cancer has returned and invaded the lymph nodes in your neck.

2. Two options.Surgery or you can undergo a course of radioactive iodine therapy, which may require hospitalization and will definitely leave you giving off radiation for some time after treatment — meaning you’ll need to be isolated from friends and family for a period of time and will have to take other precautions, like washing your linens separately from everyone else in the house. You may also experience other side effects, such as nausea, headaches, dry mouth and impairment of your fertility.

3. For 20 years, doctors at Mayo Clinic, which has an expansive research program, have been performing a little-known treatment for thyroid cancer called alcohol ablation that can eliminate the need for invasive surgery or radiation therapy.
4. Third option Guided by ultrasound, a doctor injects a solution of 95 percent ethanol alcohol into your neck. The alcohol acts to cut off the blood supply to the cancerous cells in the lymph nodes of your neck, and they ultimately die.
5. You’re not hospitalized. You do not undergo surgery. You go home, with nothing more than a sore neck to remind you of the procedure.
6.My endocrinologist told me I had two options: radioactive iodine first or surgery first,. “Then I went to the surgeon, who said he’d need to operate. I just didn’t want to go through that again.
7. She had already had a thyroidectomy, neck dissection and radioactive iodine treatment during her initial bout with thyroid cancer.
8. She spent that night researching her options online, particularly on the ThyCa website run by the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association.
9. It was there that she first learned about alcohol ablation as a treatment for recurrent thyroid cancer.
10. He strongly recommended that Mills go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where the procedure had been pioneered by Drs. Ian Hay and J. William Charboneau.
11. Hay thought Mills would be a good candidate for alcohol ablation, and soon she was undergoing the procedure. She received two treatments that were provided by an interventional radiologist.
12. The procedure is very similar to an ultrasound-guided biopsy. Other than a sore neck, there was no other complication and I could take a plane home the afternoon of the second treatment!” she said.

13. Hay recommends it only for those patients with recurrent thyroid cancer that’s limited to five or fewer lymph nodes. And there’s always a chance that the cancer won’t respond and the procedure will need to be repeated.

14.  “Why don’t more thyroid cancer patients know about alcohol ablation?” The answer is their doctors don’t tell them about this procedure.

15. Is Mayo Clinic is the only major institution that offers alcohol ablation? No other Private endocrinologists are doing Ethanol ablation in their office..

Comment:”On the thyroid cancer support forums, people talk about recurrent disease and having to go through radiation again and again. There is an alternative! There is a problem with the physicians treating the patients.They are so neasighted that they only know surgery and radiation even though ethanol has been used all over the world for lymph node cancer ablation.

The patient has to push for this alternative to get it done.

DR.G.

We do ethanol ablation in my office in Santa Monica.

Call Matt at 310-393-8860 or thyroid.manager@protonmail.com for details.

 

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