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Dr. Haggi Mazeh, chief of surgery at one of Israel’s top hospitals, discusses diagnosing and treating medullary thyroid carcinoma.
MTC “can get aggressive and nasty” but it is not necessarily a death sentence, said surgical oncologist David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, author of a new book.
In late February 2016, while getting dressed for work, George Labonte — the deputy police chief of Wrentham, Massachusetts — noticed a lump under his Adam’s apple as he knotted the tie of his uniform. Labonte’s primary care provider ordered imaging and referred the 35-year-old to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. A biopsy showed…
I am not the same person I was before I received my diagnosis. I have grown in many areas, but I have also developed extensive new struggles.
Over the last several weeks, I have been contacted over social media by multiple newly diagnosed medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) patients.
Sure, I had moments that were more difficult than others, but overall, I was doing fine. At least I managed to fool myself into believing that I was fine.
MTC Clinical Insights
We describe the common clinical presentation of MTC in children and discuss the ethical dilemmas of prophylactic thyroidectomy.
Editor’s Note: In this Q&A, Patient Perspectives columnist Christine Pudel, RN, answers questions from her editor. A 30-year-old wife, mother to a son, and a registered nurse, Christine was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in 2016 and has undergone 2 surgeries, as well as radiation therapy. Her columns uniquely capture a life with MTC…
What are the clinical benefits and limitations of calcitonin as a biomarker for medullary thyroid carcinoma? We explore this, and more.
We explore the current surgical guidelines for medullary thyroid carcinoma, as well as the role of peptide receptor radionuclide therapy.
The only curative treatment for medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is total thyroidectomy and lymph node dissection. However, even with patients in whom a radical surgical approach has been taken, serum calcitonin levels can be persistently high in macroscopic MTC. In a 10-year period, 50% of patients undergo relapse despite surgery. Distant metastases in the lungs,…
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Endocrine Surgeon Dr. Haggi Mazeh Describes the Challenges of Treating MTC