Pediatric Thyroid Nodule and Cancer Clinic
The Pediatric Thyroid Nodule and Cancer Clinic (PTNCC) aims to improve access and provide more comprehensive care to children and adolescents with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Our team of board-certified and specialty trained endocrinologists, thyroid surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and pediatric nurses are dedicated to helping our pediatric patients with newly discovered thyroid nodules arrive at a more accurate and timely diagnosis, guide them through further evaluation or surgery as needed, and provide individualized follow-up care throughout the course of their disease.
Patients seen at this monthly multidisciplinary clinic will have an initial thyroid ultrasound on the morning of their clinic appointment. They will then be seen by both an endocrinologist and thyroid surgeon who will both evaluate the patient and review the ultrasound study to establish a diagnosis and formulate a management plan with the patient.
If clinically warranted, an ultrasoundguided biopsy of any suspicious or concerning thyroid lesion will be performed during the same clinic session. Once the biopsy results are finalized (usually in 3-4 business days), patients will be contacted by our physicians to discuss the results and to arrange follow up care. The more complicated cases will be presented and discussed further in pediatric thyroid tumor board conference with our colleagues from pediatric radiology, nuclear medicine, cytopathology and surgical pathology. Through PTNCC, we hope to provide a clinical setting at CHAM where kids with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer can receive the timely, comprehensive and specialized care they deserve.
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