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Insights into Cancer: Thyroid Cancer and Treatment

Once a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions.

December 5, 2017

Thyroid Cancer and Treatment

An estimated 64,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2016. While the incidence is increasing, thyroid cancer has an extremely high five year survival rate and remains one of the most curable cancers.  Thyroid cancer, however, can have multiple steps in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease and receiving optimal treatment is important in ensuring the best outcomes.  Diagnosis, risk factors and the latest treatments are discussed in this lecture.  Surgical and local control of the disease through radioactive iodine are discussed as well as recurrent thyroid cancer and the types of standard treatments as well as the latest targeted therapies.  Regulation and monitoring of the patient’s thyroid hormone replacement during and post treatment is also discussed providing an understanding of what to expect and why ongoing care is important to overall well-being.

6:45 – 7:00: Arrival & Refreshments
7:00 – 7:15: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D, Introduction to Center
7:15 – 7:20: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D., Speaker Introduction
7:20 – 8:55: Speaker Presentation, Q&A
8:55 – 9:00: Closing

Michael W. Yeh, M.D., is a Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine.  After pursuing his studies at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Yeh trained in general surgery at UC San Francisco. He then completed the prestigious T.S. Reeve International Fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He established the UCLA Endocrine Surgery Program in 2006. Under his leadership, the Program has gained national and international recognition for clinical excellence in the management of complex endocrine diseases and specifically thyroid cancer.  He is an expert in minimally invasive surgery.

Stephanie Smooke Praw, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Program Director for the Endocrine Fellowship and clinical endocrinologist. After pursuing undergraduate studies at Yale and an MA at the University of London, Dr. Smoke Praw attended medical school at UCLA. She also completed residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology at UCLA.   Dr. Smooke Praw has clinical and research interests in thyroid cancer.

Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

UCLA parking is $12 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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