Dr.Guttler’s #6 Patient’s Thyroid Blogpost:
Small Micro-papillary Thyroid Cancer Treatment Options: 1.Surgery 2. Active Surveillance AS 3. RFA Ablation.
Biopsy positive micro-papillary at 4.4 mm and 0.036 ml.
Method # 3 RFA
37 Y/O male with incidental finding of a small nodule during a CT of neck.
US confirmed a 4.4 mm nodule
FNA confirmed PTC.
After consultations that recommended surgery or AS, he elected to have RFA.
A 20 minute RFA procedure with 20 watts of power ablated the cancer.
He had no pain or symptoms. His voice was checked while he was awake during the procedure done with just a local.
- All three treatment options are available to him.
- He refused surgery for his small cancer.
- After discussion about the second option of careful follow up with ultrasounds called active surveillance AS, he did not want the cancer in his neck for years of follow up.
- He opted for RFA ablation of the small cancer followed by cutting needle biopsy to determine if the ablation was complete.
- He did not want to have half his thyroid removed and did not want to have a scar or need to take thyroid hormone.
- He agreed to a second RFA if there was residual cancer cells seen on the CNB.
- The biopsy was negative
- If you have a small papillary thyroid cancer consider thyroid RFA.
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- Ask for Alicia.