Dr. R. Michael Tuttle on New Horizons for Radioactive Iodine Treatment

R. Michael Tuttle, MD

R. Michael Tuttle, MD, professor of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, talks about the new horizons for radioactive iodine treatment in thyroid cancer.

R. Michael Tuttle, MD, professor of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, talks about the new horizons for radioactive iodine treatment in thyroid cancer. He says some new treatments, like the MAP kinase inhibitor and BRAF inhibitor, block pathways that would allow a cancerous thyroid tumor to concentrate radioiodine.

Tuttle says there are currently research groups, such as the one at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, that are seeing great improvements in patients with thyroid cancer after a month of taking these inhibitors. Looking toward the future, Tuttle says he thinks the definition of how oncologists use radioactive iodine will change over the next 5 years.