A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients. This publication is a collection of summaries of the top articles from the recent medical literature that cover the broad spectrum of thyroid disorders. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in the previous month’s issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. This means that you, the patients, are getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians. In 2010, thyroid cancer was again the most frequent topic presented with 40 articles summarized. There were also 11 summaries on thyroid and pregnancy, six on nodules, five on Graves’/hyperthyroidism and eight on all other subjects.

The Calendar of Events highlights educational forums and support groups that are organized around the country by members of the Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, the Graves’ Disease Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association. In this issue, we are highlighting ThyCa as they report on their annual meeting held this past October.


  • How effective is recombinant human TSH in treating thyroid cancer with RAI?
  • Does pregnancy have an effect on thyroid cancer recurrence?
  • Can we predict thyroid cancer recurrence after RAI treatment?
  • What are the reasons patients lose weight after treatment of hypothyroidism?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you want to see in this publication. I hope you find these summaries interesting and informative.


— Alan P. Farwell, MD