Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with thyroid cancer or thyroid nodules. In Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes, you will learn that most thyroid nodules are benign and many patients with thyroid nodules do not need surgery. Further, even if the nodule turns out to be malignant, the majority of thyroid cancers can be successfully managed with an excellent long-term prognosis.
The author of Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes is Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren, an experienced endocrine surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School. Over a 45-year career, he has operated on numerous patients with thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. Using plain English, he will explain basic concepts related to thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules, including:
- The anatomy and function of the thyroid gland
- The role of thyroid hormones
- Blood and imaging tests
- Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
- Bethesda classifications and the risk for cancer
- Management of benign nodules
- Management of thyroid cancer
- Thyroidectomies, thyroid lobectomies, and other types of thyroid surgery
- Different types of doctors and medical specialists you may encounter
The author will also describe four cases involving patients diagnosed with thyroid nodules, including malignant nodules. He will help us follow the diagnostic workup and management options (including different types of surgeries) in a 37-year old stay-at-home mom, a 19-year old college student, a 62-year old truck driver, and a 58-year old high school teacher.
This book is not a do-it-yourself guide -- a doctor is needed to diagnose and provide medical advice. However, Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes can help you understand what your doctor is recommending and why. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with thyroid nodules, Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid Nodules In 30 Minutes can be an invaluable and expert resource.