EthosCE - Live Course - Pediatric Thyroid Cancer

Philadelphia, PA US
January 16, 2023

During this live event learners will receive insturction on pediatric differentiated thyroid cancer and diagnosing and treatement of thryoid cancer in patients.


Pediatric differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients frequently present with lymph node and/or distant (lung) metastases. Such patients warrant an aggressive treatment consisting of surgical removal of all surgically accessible local metastases as well as further treatment with one or more courses of radioiodine therapy (RAI). It is still a subject of debate in literature how much I-131 should be administered to pediatric patients. Patients can either be given a fixed (possibly body weight adjusted) activity or a dosimetry based activity, which is often considerably higher.


Here, we will present a typical case of a pediatric patient who was treated using a dosimetric approach. Then we will discuss the basis of dosimetry and the procedures involved, followed by a discussion of when to use dosimetric RAI as well as the pros and cons of the various approaches in pediatric patients.


In general, two opposite approaches to dosimetry exist: either the activity that is as high as safely administrable (AHASA) is determined based on the radiation exposure to the critical organs at risk (in pediatric patients these are the bone marrow and, in patients with lung metastases, the lungs), or a lesion-based approach in which the activity that is required to deliver a certain radiation dose to the metastatic lesion(s) is determined.


Because the latter approach requires an accurate volumetry of the target lesion(s), which is not possible in children with disseminated pulmonary metastases, which are often not visible with morphologic imaging techniques, we advocate using the AHASA approach in children with extensive metastatic DTC.

Frederik A. Verburg, Christoph Reiners, and Heribert Hänscheid

Received: May 16, 2013
Accepted: July 19, 2013
Published Online: December 04, 2013

Target Audience

Endocrinologists/Pediatric  Endocrinologists

Learning Objectives

Learners will be able to:
* Have an understanding of different approaches to dosimetry of radioiodine therapy
* Determine best approach for treating patient

Course summary
Course opens: 
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Event starts: 
01/16/2023 - 7:30am UTC
Event ends: 
01/16/2023 - 12:00pm UTC
7:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:00Welcome and Introduction
Frederik A. Verburg, M.D., Ph.D.
Christoph Reiners, M.D.
Diagnosing Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
MODERATOR: David Handelsman, Ph.D.
8:15Recognizing Signs of Thyroid Cancer in Children
Frederik A. Verburg, M.D., Ph.D.
8:30Diagnostic Tools for Detecting Thyroid Cancer in Children
Lynnette Nieman, M.D.
8:45Selecting the Right Treatment for Your Patient with Thyroid Cancer
Christoph Reiners, M.D.
9:00Recognizing Common Side Effects Pediatric Cancer Treatment 
Heribert Hänscheid, M.D.
9:15What's on the Horizon for Treating Thyroid Cancer in Children?
Leonard Wartofsky, M.D.
9:30Preparing the Child and Family for Treatment
Kenneth Burman, M.D.
9:45Panel Discussion
Drs.Frederik A. Verburg, Lynnette Nieman, and Leonard Wartofsky, M.D.
10:00Coffee Break
Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
MODERATOR: David Ehrmann, M.D.

Psychological Affects in Children Suffering from Cancer
Kenneth Burman, M.D.

10:30Life After Treatment
Merrily Poth, M.D.
10:45Controversies in Treatment
Constantine Stratakis, M.D.
11:00Coffee Break
11:15Family Support for Children with Cancer
Michael Kleerekoper, M.D.
11:30Panel Discussion
Drs. Michael Kleerekoper, Merrily Poth, Constantine Stratakis
12:00 pm Lunch
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Authors, editors, and Endocrine Society staff involved in planning this live CME activity are required to disclose to The Endocrine Society and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are discussed in the CME content. The Endocrine Society has reviewed all disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest.

The following authors reported relevant financial relationships:

Frederik A. Verburg, M.D., Ph.D., has received speakers' fees and research support from Genzyme Corp. and is a paid member of an advisory board for Roche Healthcare.
Christoph Reiners, M.D., has received speakers' fees and research support from Genzyme Corp.

The following author reported no relevant financial relationships:
Heribert Hänscheid, M.D., has no relevant financial relationships.

The following JCEM Editors reported relevant financial relationships:
The Editor-in-Chief, Leonard Wartofsky, M.D., is a Consultant for Asurogen, Genzyme, and IBSA, and is on the Speaker's Bureau for Genzyme. 
Kenneth Burman, M.D., is a Consultant for Medscape and UpToDate; a Reviewer for the Endocrine Fellows Foundation; and has received Institutional Grants for Research from Amgen, Eisei, and Pfizer. 
Lynnette Nieman, M.D., is an Author/Editor for UpToDate, and receives Research Support from HRA-Pharmaceutical.

The following JCEM Editors reported no relevant financial relationships:
Paolo Beck-Peccoz, M.D.; David Ehrmann, M.D.; David Handelsman, Ph.D.; Michael Kleerekoper, M.D.; Merrily Poth, M.D.; Constantine Stratakis, M.D.

Endocrine Society staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.

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