Rise in thyroid cancer diagnoses is challenged by Mayo researchers

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 10:41 PM

New approach for small thyroid lesions could shield patients from unnecessary risks, treatment costs.

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mandansmomAug. 27, 13 9:47 PM

It's an interesting age in Medicine, in which I've acted in the role of a Nurse for 37 years. Time was, MDs had mostly clinical markers (symptoms) to go by. In my time, Imaging, blood markers, and especially genetics, have provided exploded, with better, more sophisticated tools, on the one hand. On the other, we have far more data on individual, asymptomatic patients, and more conundrums. If you find lesions in the thyroid, absent any symptoms (evidence of harm), what do you do? Likewise, if a woman has genetic markers to indicate she has a good chance of developing breast cancer, is it best to follow closely, or take the preemptive move of early, asymptomatic mastectomy? If your patient has all the clinical signs and symptoms of a given condition, but doesn't have the known genetic markers, how does that shape the course of treatment? Given that most of these advances are less than 15 years old, we just don't have the benefit of time to know how the findings play out in individuals. Especially in an environment of aggressive litigators, what's a doctor to do?

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gemie1Aug. 27, 1310:48 PM

Most doctors and people working at Mayo are dedicated to their work, but you should be aware that those who treat patients in a negative way and give substandard care are protected by the Mayo system. No one will help you. Mayo is not about the patient first. Go some where else and do not listen to the propaganda noise about Mayo being the best. That ship has passed. It will always be about Mayo first and the patient is low on the totem pole.

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gemie1Aug. 28, 13 9:20 AM

Read the article, Cancer deaths down, but millions of new ones projected. "Although cancer rates are declining for most types of cancer, they are raising among both sexes for melanoma of the skin and cancers of the liver, THYROID and pancreas.

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tooty123Aug. 28, 1312:00 PM

gemie1---To base the Mayo Clinic on your experience is fine, however, to make a blanket statement of substandard care and no help is carrying it too far. Hopefully, you have found a different clinic that suits your needs.

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gemie1Aug. 28, 1312:14 PM

tooty123, read the comment carefully.

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