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This show is for thyroid patients determined to improve their quality of life, with the best information available.
You will gain insight from those who have discovered improved well-being regardless of setbacks, and hear from leading healthcare professionals, including endocrinologists, surgeons, functional medicine practitioners, and radiologists.

Doctor Thyroid Philip James interviews top thyroid experts about surgery, nutrition, endoc

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    • 4.1 • 52 Ratings

This show is for thyroid patients determined to improve their quality of life, with the best information available.
You will gain insight from those who have discovered improved well-being regardless of setbacks, and hear from leading healthcare professionals, including endocrinologists, surgeons, functional medicine practitioners, and radiologists.

    Radiofrequency Ablation → REMOVE Thyroid Nodules → with NO SURGERY → Dr Ralph Tufano

    Radiofrequency Ablation → REMOVE Thyroid Nodules → with NO SURGERY → Dr Ralph Tufano

    Looking for a radiofrequency ablation doctor? 🔹www.rfamd.com🔹
    Radiofrequency Ablation 🛑 REMOVE Thyroid Nodules 🛑 NO SURGERY 🛑 Dr Ralph Tufano
    During this podcast, the following topics are discussed:
    ✅advocate for patients to be as well informed as possible and consider all treatment options for thyroid problems, including avoiding surgery whenever possible and radiofrequency ablation.
    ✅ five thousand dollars out of pocket and save your thyroid with radiofrequency ablation or thyroidectomy and maybe nothing out of pocket with an insurance paid thyroidectomy?
    ✅if there are isn't if there are options available if there is an option available to avoid surgery and it gives you an equivalent outcome or maybe even better outcome why wouldn't you choose radiofrequency ablation?
    ✅with radiofrequency ablation now it's exciting because for thyroid nodules they can be removed without doing surgery
    ✅before radiofrequency ablation all you had was surgery really and obviously with surgery we talked about the possible risks of surgery and of course probably more concerning sometimes to a lot of people is if you take out half of the thyroid even if you're functioning normally with thyroid your thyroid levels you're having normal thyroid function 25% of those patients will still need thyroid hormone
    ✅the beauty of radiofrequency ablation is that first of all in most circumstances it's no general anesthesia you can do it in the office much like when you go to your dentist and maybe you're getting a cavity filled you get novocaine or lidocaine to numb up the neck area and then under guidance with an ultrasound you take a needle
    ✅the beauty of that is that the overwhelming majority of times radiofrequency ablation does not change your thyroid function so think about it we're talking about an invasive procedure surgery general anesthesia complication risk
    ✅ they have a thyroid problem goiter or a nodule that can be treated by radiofrequency ablation that they seriously consider radiofrequency ablation in preserving the thyroid as a treatment option versus a surgery or a thyroidectomy
    ✅radiofrequency ablation is very effective and more effective than surgery in fact in ablating and controlling papillary micro-cancer without any real complications
    ✅radiofrequency ablation seems to be a little more focused and maybe a little bit more able to control that destructive process in that area so you can protect those important structures

    ✅About Dr. Ralph Tufano
    Dr. Ralph P. Tufano is the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and conducts thyroid and parathyroid surgery with a focus on optimizing outcomes. He is a recognized world authority on the management of thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, benign thyroid diseases and parathyroid disease. He has expertise in the management of thyroid cancer nodal metastases, advanced and invasive thyroid cancers as well as recurrent thyroid cancers. His work in molecular markers, improving surgical outcomes, nerve monitoring and exploring novel treatment techniques for thyroid and parathyroid diseases has helped the medical field tailor and personalize treatment for patients with these conditions.
    Dr. Tufano has performed every type of minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic thyroid and parathyroid surgery over the years and was director of the initial team that developed the now internationally accepted approach for the scarless transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroid surgery.
    Website
    https://rfamd.com/doctors/dr-ralph-tufano/
    ✅ABOUT RFA MD
    A guide for locating doctors of radiofrequency ablation. Find radiofrequency ablation doctors from across the world.
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    ✅ ABOUT Philip James
    He is the host of the popular podcast: Doctor Thyroid
    www.docthyroid.com
    🔹
    In 2013, h

    • 29 min
    6-Steps for RFA-procedure success! → for doctors & patients → Dr. Roberto Valcavi

    6-Steps for RFA-procedure success! → for doctors & patients → Dr. Roberto Valcavi

    🔹 Roberto Valcavi 🔹 MD, FACE, ECNU Reggio Emilia, Italy
    RFA for benign nodules, for cystic nodules, for hyper functioning nodules, benign nodules, and now for malignant micro-papillary tumors.
    During this episode the following topics are discussed:
    The six steps that go into the RFA
    STEP 1: setup of the patient. The setup of the patient is in an operatory room -- the safety of a operatory room is by far greater than the setting of an ambulatory room so
    STEP 2: prepare for anesthesia.
    STEP 3: electrode needle insertion; it is done at the point exactly at the point transistorically...
    Step 4: preparation in regard to the laryngeal nerve…. the laryngeal nerve is the most delicate point. The laryngeal nerve may be cooled.
    Step 5: extraction; simply take out the needle and at the same time it must. Use compression; avoids bleeding both internal and external
    Step 6: Final check.
    ✅ About Roberto Valcavi
    20 years and 1800+ RFA procedures done; laser since 2000
    and radiofrequency ablation starting in 2010.

    ✅ www.rfamd.com/roberto-valcavi/

    ✅ABOUT RFA MD
    A guide for locating doctors of radiofrequency ablation. Find radiofrequency ablation doctors from across the world.
    rfamd.com

    Facebook
    @RFADOCTOR

    Instagram
    @RFADOCTOR

    LinkedIn
    @rfa-doctor-directory

    Twitter
    @RFADOC

    Internet
    www.rfamd.com
    ✅ ABOUT Philip James
    He is the host of the popular podcast: Doctor Thyroid
    www.docthyroid.com
    🔹
    In 2013, his laryngeal nerve was severed, shoulder nerve damaged, parathyroids ruined, and residual cancer left behind — all for a 1 cm thyroid nodule.
    Later, a vocal cord implant was inserted to help him speak.
    🔹
    All the above, the result of a bad thyroid surgery that dampened his quality of life — and left him wondering, what exactly happened — during what should be a low-risk surgery?
    🔹
    His attempts to follow up with UCLA and the UCLA surgeon were ignored.
    He then turned to other doctors for answers — this was the beginning of the podcast:
    "Doctor Thyroid with Philip James"
    🔹
    100+ episodes later, the Doctor Thyroid podcast is popular amongst patients; allowing them to access information from top doctors, without being limited by geography or economics.
    🔹
    The word he uses to describe his work as patient advocate is, ‘tonglen’. Or, using his pain and hardship to help others.
    🔹
    When not producing podcast episodes or co-hosting live Q&As for patients with top doctors, he leads the creative team at Doctor Marketing and Philip James Media — a marketing agency dedicated to digital communications serving the sectors of healthcare, payments, and Greentech.
    🔹
    The Doctor Thyroid podcast is available in Spanish and English - and listened to in over 30 countries:
    www.doctiroides.com (Spanish)🔹
    www.docthyroid.com (English)🔹
    ✅Please email your requests to philip@philipjames.co

    ✅Instagram
    @PhilipJamesMedia

    LinkedIn
    www.linkedin.com/in/philip-james/

    Facebook
    @docthyroid

    YouTube
    @Doctor Thyroid

    Twitter
    @docthyroid

    Are you looking for an RFA doctor?
    Find one here:
    www.rfamd.com



     
     
     
     
     

    • 16 min
    Treating Thyroid Cancer with No Surgery → RFA → Radiofrequency Ablation for Malignant Thyroid Nodules

    Treating Thyroid Cancer with No Surgery → RFA → Radiofrequency Ablation for Malignant Thyroid Nodules

    Looking for a radiofrequency ablation doctor? 🔹www.rfamd.com🔹
    Dr. Leonardo Rangel and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Malignant Thyroid Nodules.
    During this episode the following topics are discussed:
    ✅we are treating malignant nodules with radiofrequency ablation therapy
    ✅We are using radiofrequency ablation therapy since 2006
    ✅it is something that we are really experiencing is the treatment of those malignant thyroid nodules with radiofrequency ablation
    ✅avoid the risk of thyroidectomy
    ✅surgeons must give patients all treatment options; including no surgery
    ✅there are some nodules malignant nodules, they are not amenable for radiofrequency due to position, size, or something like this
    ✅patient consultations take longer because there are more treatment options to consider
    ✅ the problem of taking the levothyroxine

    ✅About Dr. Leonardo Rangel
    Staff da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
    Membro da Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço
    Membro da Sociedade Americana de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço
    Membro da Sociedade Latinoamericana de Tireoidologia
    ✅Facebook
    Rangel MD - Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço
    @cabecaepescoco
    ✅Website
    https://www.rfamd.com/leonardo-rangel/
    ✅ABOUT RFA MD
    A guide for locating doctors of radiofrequency ablation. Find radiofrequency ablation doctors from across the world.
    rfamd.com

    Facebook
    @RFADOCTOR

    Instagram
    @RFADOCTOR

    LinkedIn
    @rfa-doctor-directory

    Twitter
    @RFADOC

    Internet
    www.rfamd.com
    ✅ ABOUT Philip James
    He is the host of the popular podcast: Doctor Thyroid
    www.docthyroid.com
    🔹
    In 2013, his laryngeal nerve was severed, shoulder nerve damaged, parathyroids ruined, and residual cancer left behind — all for a 1 cm thyroid nodule.
    Later, a vocal cord implant was inserted to help him speak.
    🔹
    All the above, the result of a bad thyroid surgery that dampened his quality of life — and left him wondering, what exactly happened — during what should be a low-risk surgery?
    🔹
    His attempts to follow up with UCLA and the UCLA surgeon were ignored.
    He then turned to other doctors for answers — this was the beginning of the podcast:
    "Doctor Thyroid with Philip James"
    🔹
    100+ episodes later, the Doctor Thyroid podcast is popular amongst patients; allowing them to access information from top doctors, without being limited by geography or economics.
    🔹
    The word he uses to describe his work as patient advocate is, ‘tonglen’. Or, using his pain and hardship to help others.
    🔹
    When not producing podcast episodes or co-hosting live Q&As for patients with top doctors, he leads the creative team at Doctor Marketing and Philip James Media — a marketing agency dedicated to digital communications serving the sectors of healthcare, payments, and Greentech.
    🔹
    The Doctor Thyroid podcast is available in Spanish and English - and listened to in over 30 countries:
    www.doctiroides.com (Spanish)🔹
    www.docthyroid.com (English)🔹
    ✅Please email your requests to philip@philipjames.co
    ✅Instagram
    @PhilipJames360

    LinkedIn
    www.linkedin.com/in/philip-james/

    Facebook
    @docthyroid

    YouTube
    @Doctor Thyroid

    Twitter
    @docthyroid

    Are you looking for an RFA doctor?
    Find one here:
    www.rfamd.com
     

    • 28 min
    RFA and Protecting the Nerves for Best Outcomes → Dr. Julia Noel → Stanford University → Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation

    RFA and Protecting the Nerves for Best Outcomes → Dr. Julia Noel → Stanford University → Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation

    Protecting the nerves during RFA and thyroid surgery with Dr. Julia Noel from Stanford Health Care.
    Hosted by Philip James.
    Supported by www.rfamd.com.
    Find an RFA doctor at www.rfamd.com 🔹🔹🔹
    During this interview, the following topics are discussed:
    → Stanford University prioritizes anatomic structures, ultrasound, and how to best protect the laryngeal nerve
    → Pre- procedure ultrasound is instrumental in minimizing risk
    → Risk to the laryngeal nerve is minimal during RFA
    → Where to deliver heat is guided by ultrasound
    → If unintended consequences occurs during RFA, they are usually reversible
    → Most risk is affecting a patient’s voice
    → Technique and space — away from structures — can be controlled with extra fluid
    → Dr. Noel has conducted 80+ RFA procedures at Stanford University
    → What should every practitioner know in regard to protecting the nerves?
    → Commitment to ultrasound anatomy is critical
    → Ultrasound guided procedures
    → The Stanford RFA team for conducting a procedure is one assistant MD or Fellow, medical assistant laying out equipment and vital signs
    → Patient due diligence when selecting an RFA doctor is key: it should include vetting providers for their experience with RFA → Ask if the doctor has done RFA procedures, what’s the plan for follow up?
    → With RFA, are fewer thyroidectomies occurring?With RFA in clinic, patients now have more treatment options → “No hammers looking for nails”
    → Who is the ideal candidate for RFA?
    → Solitary, large, benign thyroid nodule is the ideal candidate → Cost is between $5000 - $10,000
    → Reduction in thyroid nodule size is up to 80%
    → RFA can be used for malignant nodules
    → Why did it take so long for the U.S. to adopt RFA?
    FDA processes are laborious and time consuming
    → Is RFA painful? Generally “no”
    → RFA fills a void in treatment options for thyroid nodule
    → Preservation of thyroid function is key — the thyroid is preserved
    → Does insurance cover RFA treatment?
    → Sometimes the insurance company will cover the procedure through an appeal process
    About Dr. Julia Noel
    ✅ TWITTER @JuliaNoelMD
    ✅ WEBSITE https://profiles.stanford.edu/julia-noel
    ✅ WEBSITE https://rfamd.com/julia-noel/
    ✅ Grand Rounds Video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeiOQ...
    ✅ About Philip James
    ✅ Instagram @philipjames360
    ✅ TWITTER @docthyroid
    ✅ LinkedIn @Philip James
    ✅ Website www.philipjames.co
    ✅ YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/DoctorThyroid
     🔹🔹🔹
    ✅ ABOUT Philip James
    I shared my story with many of you on my podcast: Doctor Thyroid www.docthyroid.com In 2013, my laryngeal nerve was severed, shoulder nerve damaged, parathyroids ruined, and residual cancer left behind — all for a 1 cm thyroid nodule.Later, a vocal cord implant was inserted to help me speak. The bad result of thyroid surgery dampened my quality of life → and left me wondering, what exactly happened → during what should be a low-risk surgery? My attempts to follow up with UCLA and the surgeon were ignored. So, I turned to other doctors for answers — this was the beginning of the podcast: "Doctor Thyroid with Philip James" 100+ episodes later, the Doctor Thyroid podcast is popular amongst patients; allowing them access to information from top doctors, without being limited by geography or economics. The word I use to describe my work as patient advocate is, ‘tonglen’. Or, using my pain and hardship to help others. When not producing podcast episodes or co-hosting live Q&As for patients with top doctors, I lead the creative team at Philip James Media — we are a marketing agency dedicated to digital communications — serving the sectors of healthcare, payments, and Greentech. The Doctor Thyroid podcast is available in Spanish and English - and listened to in over 30 countries: www.doctiroides.com (Spanish) www.docthyroid.com (English) Please email your

    • 25 min
    Thyroid Cancer Patients and Quality of Life Issues with Dr. Grogan and Dr. Aschebrook

    Thyroid Cancer Patients and Quality of Life Issues with Dr. Grogan and Dr. Aschebrook

    University of Chicago Medicine researchers Briseis Aschebrook-Kilfoy, PhD, assistant research professor in epidemiology, and Raymon Grogan, MD, assistant professor of surgery lead the North American Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Study (NATCSS).
    For their most recent research, Aschebrook-Kilfoy and Grogan recruited 1,174 thyroid cancer survivors – 89.9 percent female with an average age of 48
    After treatment, thyroid cancer survivors face a lifetime of cancer surveillance and an anxiety-inducing high rate of recurrence, which could contribute to their findings.
    "The goal of this study is to turn it into a long-term, longitudinal cohort," said Grogan, who hopes to develop a tool that physicians can use to assess the psychological wellbeing of thyroid cancer survivors. "But, there was no way to do that with thyroid cancer because no one had ever studied quality of life or psychology of thyroid cancer before.”
    In this episode, we will explore:
    The spiritual, social, psychological, and physical impacts of thyroid cancer.  Some of the sometimes over-looked physical impacts include dry mouth, voice problems, dry eyes, dental problems, fatigue, dry skin,  and hypoglycemia.  
    What happens to vocal cords after surgery?  Even when not paralyzed, quality of voice is effected. 
    Often times, family members don't take treatment seriously.  Society, healthcare professionals, and the media have minimized thyroid cancer, and in return has made patients feel minimized.
    Anxiety about reoccurrence, RAI treatment, and self-concept, influence quality of life for thyroid cancer patients.
    A 2011 study by Aschebrook-Kilfoy and Grogan found that thyroid cancer, which is most common in women, will double in incidence by 2019.

    • 46 min
    A Must Listen Episode Before Getting Surgery - Do Not Do It Alone, with Dr. VanNostrand

    A Must Listen Episode Before Getting Surgery - Do Not Do It Alone, with Dr. VanNostrand

    Dr. Douglas Van Nostrand, MD is the Director of Nuclear Medicine and the Program Director of the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program at Washington Hospital Center and Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital Center.
    His specialty is nuclear medicine, and his primary area of interest and expertise is the nuclear medicine diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer. He has held numerous academic and medical society positions including Clinical Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; past President, Mid-Eastern Society of Nuclear Medicine, Director of Continuing Medical Education Department, and other elected positions of the Medical Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital. He has over 150 articles published and has been the co-editor of seven medical books including the medical textbook entitled Thyroid Cancer, A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management.
    In this episode, get the critical questions to ask prior to committing to a surgeon.  And, other useful strategies to make sure a patient gets the best outcome possible.  
     

    • 33 min

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cj9indy ,

Excellent resource. Wish I had know about Doctor Thyroid 2 year ago

I especially enjoy listening to the guest doctors. Some very good advice on so many topics related to the Thyroid gland

ASPantaleone ,

Great Resource!

I was recently diagnosed with PTC and upon diagnosis I started to search for resources to inform me and help me navigate my journey. One resource was Philip James, Doctor Thyroid. I have listened to many of his episodes to hear about his perspective along with the perspective of authorities and patients. The insights have helped me broaden my thinking on this subject along with giving me HOPE! I can’t thank Philip enough for his time and efforts in providing a very specific set of resources to a very specific topic that has a huge importance to anyone affected by this diagnosis. Best wishes to Philip and everyone participating!

Anati ,

Thank you!

Hi, newbie listener here. I really appreciated the episode w Dr. Brittany Henderson. It felt like talking to your endo, if your endo had more than 15 minutes for you. I would love to hear more from her - including the “controversial” diet recommendations and her perspective on the gut biome implications.

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