Television Personality Brooke Burke-Charvet Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

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Babak Larian, director of the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, discusses treatments and risks related to conditions of the thyroid.

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If people don’t realize the seriousness of seeking proper medical help for thyroid conditions. Sometimes, symptoms of critical disorders like thyroid cancer may not present horrible symptoms in the beginning.

In a video to her fans released Thursday, Brooke Burke-Charvet of Dancing With The Stars announced that she will undergo a thyroidectomy for the management of her newly diagnosed thyroid cancer. Earlier in the year, the 41-year-old television star admitted to denying a recommended ultrasound for more than eight months.

“A lot of people don’t realize the seriousness of seeking proper medical help for thyroid conditions. Sometimes, symptoms of critical disorders like thyroid cancer may not present horrible symptoms in the beginning, but that doesn’t mean that damage isn’t being done to your body,” said Dr. Larian, MD, FACS, and world-renowned thyroid surgeon in Los Angeles.

The thyroid gland is located in the lower neck and is responsible for the secretion of hormones that regulate growth, heart rate, and a person’s metabolism.Thyroid tomes generally don't cause hormonal abnormality. Though the majority of thyroid tumors are benign, nearly 40,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year.

Before being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Brooke had experienced other problems with her thyroid, including a previous diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease, a disorder that causes inflammation in the thyroid and therefor poor function.  People who have this condition need to routinely have ultrasounds because of increased chance thyroid cancer. 

“Thyroid cancer is a lot like skin cancer in the sense that it can be easily treated, especially when the condition is caught early on. In cases similar to Mrs. Burke’s, a thyroidectomy or minimally invasive thyroidectomy generally results in cure,” said Dr. Larian.

At the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Larian uses advanced surgical techniques to perform minimally invasive thyroidectomy surgery, which uses the help of an endoscope to perform the procedure through a one-inch incision on the neck. The surgery is very similar to a traditional thyroidectomy, however it results in a much smaller and almost invisible scar and allows for a quicker recovery time because less tissue damage is done to the area. When performing the minimally invasive thyroidectomy, Dr. Larian uses a nerve-monitoring device to ensure that no harm is done to a patient’s voice box.

“The minimally invasive thyroidectomy procedure is completely safe and provides patients with a much easier recovery. This may be a procedure that Mrs. Burke should consider if the size of the tumor is not large” said Dr. Larian.
 
Dr. Babak Larian is a highly regarded head & neck surgeon who places an extreme emphasis on providing his patients with the best treatments available and has great experience with minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid procedures. Upon completion of his medical degree at the prestigious University of California—Irvine Medical School, Dr. Larian completed a six-year residency program in otolaryngology at UCLA. Dr. Larian currently holds the acclaimed position of Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

For additional information regarding Dr. Larian and the treatment of thyroid cancer, please contact the CENTER for Advanced Head & Neck Surgery in Los Angeles by calling (310) 461-0300. Further information may be acquired by visiting http://www.larianmd.com.

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