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Thyroid Nodules and Cancer

Ismat Shafiq, MBBSIsmat Shafiq, MD

Director,
Wolk Thyroid Clinic

Thyroid nodules are very common. About 95% of all nodules are benign and only 5% are malignant. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is the most reliable clinical tool for determining whether a nodule is benign or malignant.

The Wolk Thyroid Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules. This clinic is led by Ismat Shafiq, M.D. from the Division of Endocrinology. Thyroid ultrasounds and FNAs of thyroid nodules are performed routinely with specialized help from the Department of Pathology for adequate sample collection, offering patients rapid workup and diagnosis.

Thyroid cancers are slow growing indolent cancer. Thyroid cancer can be cured if appropriately treated. Our Thyroid Cancer Clinic at the University of Rochester Medical Center is run in collaboration with experienced endocrine surgeon, head and neck surgeons (ENT), pathology and nuclear medicine. The multidisciplinary team includes faculty from the Division or Endocrinology; Jacob Moalem, M.D., from the Department of Endocrine Surgery; Ellen Giampoli, M.D., from the Department of Pathology; and Vaseem Chengazi, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., from the Department of Nuclear Medicine.