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Mehra S.,Yale University | Tuttle R.M.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Bergman D.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Brett E.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | And 17 more authors.
Thyroid | Year: 2014

Background: The current systems of healthcare delivery in the United States suffer from problems that often leave patients with inadequate quality of care. In their report entitled "Crossing the Quality Chasm," the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified reasons for poor and/or inconsistent quality of healthcare delivery and provided recommendations to improve it. The purpose of this review is to describe features of an innovative web-based program called the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative (TCCC) and see how it addresses IOM recommendations to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Summary: The TCCC addresses the three actionable IOM recommendations directed at healthcare organizations and clinicians to redesign the care process. It does so by exploiting information technology (IT) in ways suggested by the IOM, and it fits within a set of 10 rules provided by the IOM. Some features of the TCCC include: (i) automated disease staging based on three validated scoring systems; (ii) highly illustrated educational videos on all aspects of thyroid cancer care; (iii) personalized clinical decision-making modules for clinicians and physicians; (iv) portability of data to share among treating physicians; (v) virtual tumor boards, "ask the expert," and frequently asked questions modules; (vi) physician workflow integration; and (vii) data for comprehensive analysis to answer difficult questions in thyroid cancer management. Conclusion: The TCCC has the potential to improve thyroid cancer care delivery and offers several benefits to patients, clinicians, and researchers. The TCCC is a valuable example of how IOM initiatives can improve the healthcare system. © 2014, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2014.


PubMed | Mount Sinai School of Medicine, THANC Foundation, First Avenue Partners and Pathology
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of otolaryngology | Year: 2016

Leiomyomas are benign cutaneous tumors of smooth muscle origin. Only a small percentage of leiomyomas arise in the head and neck region. We present the first case of leiomyoma arising in the sternothyroid muscle of the neck.We analyze the clinical presentation, pathology, and histology for a single case study. The histologic findings of the tumor located in the sternothyroid muscle support the diagnosis of leiomyoma.This is the first case of leiomyoma arising in the sternothyroid muscle, and only the second reported case of leiomyoma in the strap muscles of the neck.Leiomyoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of soft tissue tumors in the head and neck region. A histological analysis is essential in determining both tumor type and subtype, which will inform the proper course of treatment.


Mehra S.,Yale University | Tuttle R.M.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Milas M.,Oregon Health And Science University | Orloff L.,Stanford University | And 21 more authors.
Thyroid | Year: 2015

Background: Health registries have become extremely powerful tools for cancer research. Unfortunately, certain details and the ability to adapt to new information are necessarily limited in current registries, and they cannot address many controversial issues in cancer management. This is of particular concern in differentiated thyroid cancer, which is rapidly increasing in incidence and has many unknowns related to optimal treatment and surveillance recommendations. Summary: In this study, we review different types of health registries used in cancer research in the United States, with a focus on their advantages and disadvantages as related to the study of thyroid cancer. This analysis includes population-based cancer registries, health systems-based cancer registries, and patient-based disease registries. It is important that clinicians understand the way data are collected in, as well as the composition of, these different registries in order to more critically interpret the clinical research that is conducted using that data. In an attempt to address shortcoming of current databases for thyroid cancer, we present the potential of an innovative web-based disease management tool for thyroid cancer called the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative (TCCC) to become a patient-based registry that can be used to evaluate and improve the quality of care delivered to patients with thyroid cancer as well as to answer questions that we have not been able to address with current databases and registries. Conclusion: A cancer registry that follows a specific patient, is integrated into physician workflow, and collects data across different treatment sites and different payers does not exist in the current fragmented system of healthcare in the United States. The TCCC offers physicians who treat thyroid cancer numerous time-saving and quality improvement services, and could significantly improve patient care. With rapid adoption across the nation, the TCCC could become a new paradigm for database research in thyroid cancer to improve our understanding of thyroid cancer management. © Copyright 2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2015.


Oh N.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Khorsandi A.S.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Scherl S.,THANC Foundation | Wang B.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | And 3 more authors.
Ear, Nose and Throat Journal | Year: 2013

We report a very rare case of a chondromyxoid fibroma of the mastoid portion of the temporal bone in a 38-year-old woman who presented with left-sided hearing loss. Magnetic resonance imaging identified an expansile mass in the left mastoid bone with a heterogeneous hyperintense signal on T2-weighted imaging and peripheral enhancement. Subsequent positron emission tomography/computed tomography identified erosive bony changes associated with hypermetabolism. The patient underwent an infratemporal fossa resection with a suboccipital craniectomy/cranioplasty. We briefly review the aspects of this case, including a discussion of the differential diagnosis and the correlation between histologic and imaging findings.


Urken M.L.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Mechanick J.I.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Sarlin J.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Scherl S.,THANC Foundation | Wenig B.M.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Endocrine Pathology | Year: 2013

Lymph nodes in differentiated thyroid cancer have many different histomorphologic features. The current AJCC staging system does not distinguish between different lymph node characteristics and is based entirely on the presence of metastatic disease to upstage pN0 to pN1. However, clinicians involved in the management of thyroid cancer recognize that there is a difference in the clinical significance of finding macroscopic versus microscopic nodes. There appears to be a difference in disease biology that allows lymph nodes to reach different sizes and to manifest disease extension outside the capsule, which has led clinicians, and even clinical practice guidelines, to stratify nodal metastases on the basis of these features. The inherent presumption is that all lymph node metastases in differentiated thyroid cancer do not have the same clinical significance with respect to the risk of recurrence and the risk of death. However, the College of American Pathology (CAP) has not mandated that pathologists include these findings as part of their standard reporting protocol in thyroid cancer. In order to arm clinicians with the tools to design clinical trials and to make important patient management decisions in the presence of lymph node metastases, it is imperative that the CAP adopt a strategy for more detailed reporting that is similar to the protocol currently utilized in breast cancer pathologic reporting. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Clain J.B.,THANC Foundation | Scherl S.,THANC Foundation | Dos Reis L.,THANC Foundation | Turk A.,Columbia University | And 4 more authors.
Thyroid | Year: 2014

Background: While there is consensus that significant extrathyroidal extension (ETE) (T4) should upstage a patient with well-differentiated thyroid cancer, the importance of minimal ETE (T3) remains controversial. Additionally, the importance of nodal metastases on prognosis has come under scrutiny. Recent publications highlight the importance of size, number of positive nodes, and, in particular, the presence of extranodal extension (ENE) as measures of disease aggressiveness. In this study, we examined whether ETE is a predictor of ENE. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted from January 2004 to March 2013. All node-positive patients who underwent total or completion thyroidectomy were included. Histologic features defined by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) protocol for thyroid carcinoma were recorded. Results: A total of 193 patients qualified for review. Patients who were found to have ETE were 12 times more likely to have lymph nodes in the primary setting with ENE than patients with intrathyroidal primary tumors (p<0.000). After exclusion of all T4 cases (n=6), patients with minimal ETE were 13 times more likely to have ENE than those with no ETE (p<0.000). Twenty percent of microcarcinomas with ETE demonstrated ENE. Conclusion: We have found that the biology of the primary tumor is conferred to the lymph node in that the presence of ETE leads to a significantly higher incidence of ENE. Awareness of this relationship should be accounted for in the management of primary and recurrent lymph nodes. This study shows that minimal ETE is a significant predictor of ENE. Although long-term survival and recurrence follow-up is not available for the majority of patients in this series, the presence of ENE as a surrogate for more aggressive disease biology and its strong association with minimal ETE supports the upstaging of patients with minimal ETE. © 2014, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Dibelius G.,New York Eye and Ear Infirmary | Mehra S.,Yale University | Clain J.B.,THANC Foundation | Urken M.L.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Wenig B.M.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Thyroid | Year: 2014

Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is an uncommon thyroid malignancy. Noninvasive ATC is a rare, surgically resectable variant with only four reported cases. We report a case of an 81-year-old man who presented with a 3.1cm right thyroid lobe mass that on fine-needle aspiration biopsy was diagnosed as an ATC. Preoperative imaging revealed an encapsulated thyroid tumor without evidence of invasion of surrounding structures and no locoregional and distant metastases. A total thyroidectomy was performed that by histologic and immunohistochemical evaluation was diagnostic for a noninvasive ATC. Given the diagnosis of noninvasive ATC, adjuvant therapy was not administered. At 14 months following diagnosis, the patient remains disease free based on positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging. A review of the outcomes of similar cases reported in the literature, as well as observations from our case, suggest a favorable prognosis for patients with noninvasive ATC. Noninvasive ATC may represent a distinct subset of resectable ATCs with an improved prognosis. The recently published American Thyroid Association (ATA) Guidelines for Management of Patients with ATC do not include this specific form of ATC. We encourage other authors to report similar cases in order to determine whether noninvasive ATC should be considered as a separate disease entity from the traditional highly lethal form of ATC. © Copyright 2014, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. 2014.


Langmore S.E.,Boston University | McCulloch T.M.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Krisciunas G.P.,Boston University | Lazarus C.L.,Mount Sinai School of Medicine | And 5 more authors.
Head and Neck | Year: 2016

Background Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a highly sought after but poorly studied treatment for dysphagia among patients with head and neck cancer with dysphagia. This study investigated the efficacy of NMES in this patient population. Methods In this double-blinded, randomized controlled trial, 170 patients with head and neck cancer experiencing posttreatment dysphagia were randomized into active NMES + swallow exercise versus sham NMES + swallow exercise groups. Outcomes after a 12-week program included changes in fluoroscopy measures, diet, and quality of life. Results After the 12-week program, the active NMES group had significantly worse Penetration Aspiration Scale scores than the sham group. Both groups reported significantly better diet and quality of life. No other measures were significant. Conclusion NMES did not add benefit to traditional swallow exercises. Unfortunately, swallow exercises were not effective by themselves either. For patients with head and neck cancer with moderate to severe dysphagia caused by radiation therapy, current behavioral therapies are of limited help in reversing long-term dysphagia. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

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