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SouthCoast Health surgeon Dr. Christa L. Jillard’s research featured in medical publications

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SouthCoast Health surgeon Dr. Christa L. Jillard, director of the practice’s High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, recently had research published in the prestigious medical journal Thyroid, resulting in further coverage in the medical publication Endocrine Today.

Dr. Jillard and her partners conducted their research on the subject of Hürthle cell carcinoma, a rare cancer that affects the thyroid gland. Hürthle cell cancer tends to be more aggressive than other types of thyroid cancer.

Specifically, the research found that radioactive iodine therapy is associated with improved survival in patients with Hürthle cell carcinoma. The study found that five- and 10-year survival rates were higher for patients who had received radioactive iodine therapy, 88.9 and 74.4 percent, respectively, as compared to patients who did not (83.1 percent and 65.0 percent).

Titled “Radioactive Iodine Treatment is Associated with Improved Survival for Patients with Hürthle Cell Carcinoma,” the article was published in Thyroid in July.

“As Hürthle cell carcinoma is a rare phenomenon, prior studies have been limited by small sample size,” Dr. Jillard told Endocrine Today in an interview. “This is one of the largest studies on this topic, encompassing data from more than 70 percent of all incident cancers in the United States.”

Dr. Jillard, who performed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at Duke University, is the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Savannah. She specializes in thyroid and breast cancer.


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