Veracyte Announces 100,000th Afirma Test Performed to Reduce Unnecessary Surgeries in Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis
Milestone Comes During National Thyroid Awareness Month
“This is a significant milestone and we’re proud to be leading in a new
era of genomic medicine in which our Afirma classifier is giving
physicians and patients better diagnostic answers,” said
Data suggest that the Afirma Genomic Sequencing Classifier (GSC) can
save nearly 70 percent of patients with benign thyroid nodules from
unnecessary surgery by identifying their nodules as benign following
indeterminate results on their fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
The enhanced Afirma GSC, which identifies 30 percent more benign cases
than the original Afirma test, was introduced in
“Thyroid cancer diagnosis is a poster child for overtreatment in
medicine,” said Dr.
All patients who undergo full removal of the thyroid (thyroidectomy) and nearly one in five patients who undergo a partial thyroidectomy experience a loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism), which requires lifelong daily thyroid hormone replacement medication. Patients with hypothyroidism can develop weight gain, fatigue, sleepiness and other symptoms – conditions that can be difficult to regulate even with medication.
Each year in
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