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The New York Times Tackles Thyroid Cancer Questions and Issues

By October 25, 2010

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In October, the New York Times published a number of new articles focusing on thyroid cancer. Specifically, the article, "The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer," looks at whether the increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer is due to better detection, or a genuine rise in the rates of thyroid cancer in the U.S. The article also raises the issue of overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer due to improved detection of the smallest papillary thyroid cancers. Dr. Bryan McIver, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, is quoted as saying: "Even though the evidence does not support that it is beneficial, there is an increasing trend in the U.S., and probably worldwide, to treat all thyroid cancers in the most aggressive way."

In "Toxins, Genes and Thyroid Cancer," endocrinologist R. Michael Tuttle, MD answers some Q&As related to thyroid cancer. Looking at the question of whether environmental toxins can cause thyroid cancer, Dr. Tuttle correctly points out radiation exposures as a risk for thyroid cancer, but fails to discuss any of the other environmental toxins -- perchlorate, endocrine disrupting pesticides and dioxins, BPA, and other chemicals -- that we now know have a link to thyroid problems and cancer risk. He also looks at whether thyroid cancer is inherited?

In Thyroid Cancer's Many Forms, Dr. Tuttle looks at the prognosis for various variations of thyroid cancer, including tall-cell thyroid cancers, Hurthle cells, and necrosis, and and whether there is a link between Hashimoto's disease and thyroid cancer. And Dr. Tuttle also looks at the long-term risks of thyroid cancer.

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June 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(1) Jeff says:

My Dr. just switched me from Synthroid to Tirosint, unfortunately medicare doesn’t cover it and it cost my $36. If it works though it’ll be worth it.

February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm
(2) MARGE says:

Definately much better than synthroid….worth having to pay for it. I have been on it over a year, after 40+ years of bad control, my TSH kicked in and I can attest to its absorbtion etc.

July 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm
(3) Claresa says:

Just wanted to add that after 11 years of suffering side effects and unstable thyroid levels after being treated for Graves (radioactive iodine)was put on Tirosint. It was a game changer. New Endo finally suggested it. Indicated that she saw much more probelms with radioactive iodine treated patients adjusting or tolerating meds. Felt that the lack of fillers was important. However, my pharmacy seems to have trouble keeping it in stock. Anybody else having similar problem? I would add that cytomel T3 added later and haven’t felt this good in years.

January 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm
(4) Deb says:

My lab results were always was unstable for 1 year after my thyroidectomy. I switched physicians and the new doctor prescribed Tirosint. In one month everything was perfect and my symptoms were gone.
I have one question and I have emailed the company and I have yet to receive a response. It’s been about 6 months.
Why does the medication come in 28 days paks and you are charge for a month’s supply? I feel like I’m being shortchanged because most months have 30-31 days.
Has anyone else addressed this problem?

January 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm
(5) Marilyn says:

Does anyone experience headaches on Tirosint?

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