Dr Tuttle is one of the leading world experts in thyroid cancer and its always worth listening to anything he has to say about thyroid cancer. Here's an interview with him in which he talks about the potential overdiagnosis of small papillary thyroid cancers. Informative and sensible stuff.
Another inspiring story, and a reminder to think about the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day (www.daffodilday.com.au)
I was struck by the announcement of the re-opening of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan. This is the first to re-open since the horrific Tsunami in Japan and subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in March 2011.
Exposure to increased levels of radiation from nuclear accidents, such as Chernobyl in 1986, is known to increase the chance of thyroid cancer, especially in children and adolescents.
Even though I have experienced an earthquake that caused significant damage and loss of life in Christchurch, intensely painful though that was, I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for those in Japan who lived through what they did in 2011. It's too early to tell how many people in Japan will develop thyroid cancer as a result of the Fukushima accident.
My thoughts are with them today.
I'm often asked 'what's new' for those with advanced thyroid cancer. Whilst the majority of thyroid cancers are cured or controlled with surgery alone or with surgery and radioiodine, there are some patients whose disease doesn't respond as well as hoped to these treatments. For this group the focus of care moves more towards controlling symptoms.
Dr Tom Cawood