Temporal analysis of thyroid cancer management in a Melbourne tertiary centre

James C. Lee, Paula Chang, Simon Grodski, Meei Yeung, William Johnson, Jonathan Serpell

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BACKGROUND:The American Thyroid Association (ATA) management guidelines for thyroid cancer were revised in 2009. The aim of this study was to determine if management of thyroid cancer in our institution has changed in accordance with the introduction of the revised ATA guidelines (ATA(2009) ), and to compare the characteristics and management of thyroid cancer in a Melbourne endocrine surgery unit over a 7-year period. METHODS:All patients treated by the Monash University Endocrine Surgery Unit for thyroid cancer between 2007 and 2013 were divided into two groups - the pre-ATA(2009) group (2007-2010) and the post-ATA(2009) group (2011-2013). Comparisons were made of the demographics, cytology, pathology, surgical outcome and adjuvant therapy using t-test and chi-squared tests. RESULTS:There were 333 patients in the pre-ATA(2009) group and 342 patients in the post-ATA(2009) group. Fewer non-diagnostic fine-needle aspiration cytology results were identified in the post-ATA(2009) group (4% versus 0.9%; P = 0.01), while the rates of other fine-needle aspiration cytology categories were similar. There was a reduction in the use of radioactive iodine ablation in the post-ATA(2009) group, both in the proportion of patients being treated (66% versus 48%; P 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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