Moderator of the session Chunkit Fung, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor at the Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester, New York, said that the analysis shows the cost-effectiveness of performing yearly physical examinations. “In addition to the cost savings,” Dr. Fung observed, “clinicians need to think about overdiagnosis of indolent thyroid nodules and the anxiety that is associated with testing, intervention, and waiting for the results.”
“This is a single institution study,” he added, “so we definitely have to interpret the results with some caution, but I think this study demonstrates it might be enough to do yearly physical examinations in this population.” ■
Disclosure: Dr. Fung reported no potential conflicts of interest.
A study evaluating annual physical examination as a screening method to detect thyroid cancer in cancer survivors exposed to neck radiation has shown a substantial cost reduction compared with ultrasound screening, with no thyroid cancer–related mortality.1 According to the analysis, this method...