Category Archives: Thyroid

Doctor checking thyroid of a young patient

Dr. Friedman answers frequently asked questions about thyroid cancer

Dr. Michael Friedman is one of the worlds’s leading thyroid and parathyroid experts and surgeons. He has authored and published numerous articles and textbooks, and has lectured on thyroid and parathyroid surgery all around the world.  Dr. Friedman has performed more than 5200 thyroid procedures. Here are some of the questions patients often ask.

Does a thyroid tumor affect my thyroid function?

Thyroid tumors almost never affect function. Patients with a thyroid nodule will usually have normal function. The nodule is something removed because of the risk of malignancy.

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Research leads to new surgical guidelines for parathyroidectomy.

Tertiary hyperparathyroidism occurs more than primary or secondary hyperparathyroidism but it is rare and is seen in patients with renal disease and post kidney transplant. Because it is a rare problem, guidelines for surgical treatment and prognosis have not been well repeated in the past. This study establishes guidelines for parathyroid surgical intervention.

In a scholarly and systematic review, Dr. Michael Friedman and associates studied outcomes of hundreds of patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism who underwent a parathyroidectomy (removal of the parathyroid gland). Control of symptoms and hypercalcemia cure rates were as high as 94% in many studies.

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Dude, where’s my parathyroid?

The parathyroid glands are a small but mighty part of the endocrine system that are very important to your health. Typical people have four parathyroid glands, a pair on each side of the neck located behind the thyroid. The glands produce a substance called PTH, or parathyroid hormone. PTH is the most important regulator of blood calcium levels.

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Life After Head and Neck Cancer

Any cancer survivor will tell you that cancer is no walk in the park.

Having survived cancer is something to celebrate and rejoice about. However it can take a while for cancer survivors to look in the mirror and start smiling again.

Patients with head and neck cancers face many challenges that can affect their quality of life. Many of the post surgical side-effects can result in speech dysfunction or facial disfigurement. In addition, organ-sparing chemo radiation treatments can result in difficulty in swallowing, dry mouth, and dental damage. Continue reading Life After Head and Neck Cancer

Throat Disorders

ChicagoENT is Shedding Light to Parathyroid Disorders

January is American Thyroid Awareness Month

Parathyroid glands are four pea-sized organs located in the neck near the thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands are responsible for producing PTH (parathyroid hormone). PTH helps the body utilize, keep and store calcium in the blood at normal levels. If the calcium levels in your body drop too low, your parathyroid glands secrete PTH. Continue reading ChicagoENT is Shedding Light to Parathyroid Disorders

Thyroid Cancer

January is American Thyroid Awareness Month

Protect Yourself and Your Family.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 there were about 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer reported in the United States.  More than 49,000 of the new cases were women. Women are more likely to have thyroid cancer than men. Thyroid cancer can occur in any age group, although it is much more common after the age of 30, and it increases significantly in older adults.     Continue reading January is American Thyroid Awareness Month