Surgery for All Thyroid Nodules? An Approach Based on Molecular Profiling

Many people — in fact, most people, — have thyroid nodules. Most nodules are benign or non-cancerous. Figuring out which nodules are cancerous can be challenging. Fortunately, there are molecular tests available that can help to sort out these challenges.

Years ago, my colleagues and I worked on research in this field and identified a molecular profile that can predict which thyroid nodules have malignant, or cancerous, potential. Now, commercial labs even make use of molecular profiling to help guide patients and physicians when deciding on surgery.

Background

A thyroid nodule is a growth of cells that form a mass in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland, located in the front of the […]