Thyroid Tumor Ablation Announcement: ATA American Thyroid Meeting in Victoria BC: Thyroid Ablation Booth #20 and Paper.
Calling all ECNU certified endocrinologists to visit my booth next month October 17-22.
Learn how to expand your practice to include not only USGFNA but thyroid tumor ablation. Ethanol PEI and radiofrequency ablation RFA methods will be hot topics.
Preview of Topics.
American Goiter Association to American Thyroid Association
The original association was a surgical society with 100% of all thyroid nodules that were palpable or enlarged enough to cause worry for cancer went to surgery. In 1974 a study of surgeries at a major hospital in Los Angeles found 5 cancers in every 100 operations.It was a field day for surgeons but not for the patients that had complications. Over the years there has been a slow chipping away of the total thyroid surgeries done for all causes. First Nuclear studies decreased surgery on toxic nodues.FNA and endocrine neck ultrasound further decreased surgeries. USGFNA and molecular marker testing decreased it even further. In 2017 surgery is still recommended for most benign thyroid nodules, and goiter. Recurrent thyroid cancer neck lymph nodes, thyroid and parathyroid cysts are still sent to the surgeon even when proven first line ethanol ablation PEI alternative treatment has been around in the USA since 2000.
Thyroid PEI and RFA Facts
Ethanol Ablation is an underutilized less expensive alternative. 2. Endocrinologists need to learn these procedures or refer them out. 3. Endocrinologists need to adopt these procedures as their own. 4. PEI and RFA are now potential treatment options for primary micro- papillary cancers as alternative to surgery or active surveillance. 5. PEI or RFA almost always preserves thyroid function. 6. PEI and RFA always costs less the surgery. 7. PEI and RFA are the cause of less major complications than surgery. 8. PEI and RFA training for endorinologists is already available in the US. 9. Solid Benign symptomatic Thyroid nodules can have RFA in Europe and Korea now by referral.
See you in Victoria