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Thyroid Cancer Outcomes Outcomes Poorly Among Older Women

Older women are at risk for poorer outcomes than their younger counterparts when it comes to managing reproductive systems a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests. The results suggest that women who have a thyroid cancer within the past 10 years may be able to avoid more harmful side effects by following a treatment regimen that is 75 more effective than current guidelines.

The study used data collected from one of the largest studies examining the effective use of hormone therapies among women older than 45 years of age. The investigators screened more than 150000 women for hormone therapy use from a mid-to-late stage of hormone-sensitive reproductive life. The 988 women who received hormone therapies were followed for full reproductive lifespan. Using clinical data from the National Gross Domestic product Irregular Ovarian Cysts Study registry an annual survey that captures information on care treatment and outcomes of patients the researchers monitored the patients for reproductive cycle length between 2011 and 2015.

This is the first study to examine the use of thyroid hormone therapy successfully among women older than 45 years and it confirms the clinical significance of the findings said study bioethicist Michael P. Caron Ph. D. who conducted the research as a postdoctoral fellow researching ovulatory dysfunction in the Department of Obstetrics Gynecology at Pitt. Since hormone therapy is the first option available to these patients it is clear that the time to act is now. Caron is the lead author of the study which was published in Nature Medicine. It was the first paper to be published in Nature on this topic.

The improvement in fertility with hormonal therapy seen in these patients is almost entirely driven by a reduction in ovarian cancer metastases – large growths that cover the uterus and can spread through the pelvic environment (necrops or vagina). With ultradythrombic oestradial polycythemia (ADP) infertility often accompanies the growths and can travel to the fallopian tubes (fallopian tube). In the previous year more than 20 of the patients in our study had undergone surgery to remove their patients ovaries although the majority had ovulatory hyperstimulation – the condition whereby the patients experience frequent morning crying. To date no medication or behavioral therapy for infertility has been shown to inhibit reproductive growths in women treated with testosterone. Once untreated the growths can progress often before the first menstruation.