Group News

Recently Columbia oncologists diagnosed a toddler with acute myelogenous leukemia, and thanks to The Sohn Foundation for Precision Medicine, the entire family underwent genetic testing. Three of his siblings were found to have a gene linked to thyroid cancer. Their father was the carrier. Dr. Kuo found a suspicious thyroid nodule in his neck and with ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy diagnosed medullary thyroid cancer, a rare and aggressive form of this disease. She operated the following week. “With our early intervention,” she says, “there is a very good chance that the father has been completely cured and will remain cancer-free.”
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The Columbia Thyroid Center is proud to announce that Dr. James Lee, Co-Director, was honored at the SDHB Pheo-Para Coalition Gala with the Science Leadership Award on April 20th, 2017.
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Cancer that spreads to the lining of the abdominal wall is typically lethal within six months. However many patients with this diagnosis are living longer with advanced treatments available at NYP/Columbia — one of the few programs in the nation to perform complex, extensive cytoreduction operations paired with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

The NY Thyroid-Parathyroid Center will be posting a number of important blogs, patient stories, and educational pieces to help educate everyone about the presentation, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid cancer as well as to help raise awareness of this disease.
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What's New in the Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery New Practice Locations

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Dr. Lee and several other surgeons from the Department of Surgery collaborated with doctors in the Nuclear Imaging Department to invent a new type of parathyroid imaging, which fuses key aspects of both the nuclear medicine scan and the traditional CT scan, allowing surgeons to not only tell which parathyroid gland was malfunctioning, but also where exactly it is located and what its shape is.
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In order to understand the parathyroid glands, we are going to take you back in time – far, far back, to about 375 million years ago when a group of vertebrates climbed out of the water and onto land.
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