ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals

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  • Education, communication, support, awareness for early detection, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.


  • Award-winning web site
  • More than 700 pages of information about thyroid cancer, support services, and more. Includes materials in Spanish and French.

Online Support Groups

Linked through our Web site.

  • Thyca - Thyroid Cancer Support Group (mainly Papillary, Follicular, and their variants)
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Advanced Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Long-Term Survivors Support Group
  • Love, Loss, & Legacy Support Group
  • ThyCa Mental Challenges Support Group
  • Childbearing and Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • Caregivers Support Group
  • ThyCa Young Adults Support Group
  • Inspire Online Community

Local Support Groups

  • More than 90 in-person support groups

Person-to-Person Network

  • One-to-one support, matched by diagnosis.

Facebook and Twitter

Toll-Free Survivors’ Telephone Number

Free Regional Workshops

Free Thyroid Cancer Basics booklets, Patient Information Packets, and Pediatric Backpacks

Free Low-Iodine Cookbook

  • Downloadable from our Web site. Over 250 recipes contributed by more than 100 thyroid cancer survivors.


  • Free online ThyCa Journeys, plus Membership Messenger newsletter.

Research Funds and Grant Funding

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

  • September. Free awareness brochures with actress Catherine Bell, and other free materials.

15th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference

  • 13th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference
    October 14-16, 2012
    Chicago, Illinois 
    Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Itasca, Illinois

ThyCa History

  • 1995: Organized first Online Support Group.
  • 1996: Organized first Local Support Group.
  • 1997: Started first E-Mail Support Group.
  • 1998: -Sponsored first annual Survivors’ Conference.
  • 1999:
    • Established Web site at
    • Became nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
    • Established Survivors’ Toll-Free Telephone Number.
    • Received StudyWeb Academic Excellence Award.
    • Started e-mail groups for medullary and anaplastic.
  • 2000:
    • Started e-mail group for pediatric thyroid cancer.
    • Established Medical Advisory Council.
    • Organized Person-to-Person Network.
    • Established Thyroid Cancer Awareness Week.
    • Initiated Member Messenger newsletter.
    • Published Low-Iodine Cookbook.
  • 2001:
    • -Started e-mail group for advanced thyroid cancer.
    • Initiated Thyroid Cancer Research Fund.
    • Initiated free online newsletter, ThyCa Journeys.
  • 2002: Started e-mail groups for caregivers and long-term survivors.
  • 2003:
    • Funded ThyCa's first thyroid cancer research grant, the first ever funded by patients, families, & friends.
    • Initiated Medullary Thyroid Cancer Research Fund.
  • 2004:
    • -Introduced Thyroid Cancer Awareness Ribbon Pin.
    • Started e-mail groups for coping with mental challenges and love, loss, and legacy.
    • Expanded Awareness Week to Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, starting in September 2005.
  • 2005:
    • Introduced Awareness Wristbands and Magnets.
    • Developed Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Web site.
  • 2006:
    • Developed Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Web site.
  • 2007:
    • Launched Medullary Thyroid Cancer Web site
  • 2008:
    • Started e-mail group for childbearing and thyroid cancer.
  • 2009:
    • Started e-mail support group for young adults with thyroid cancer.
  • 2010:
    • Launched Inspire Online Community
  • 2011:
    • Launched Twitter presence
    • Sponsored 6 free webinars with thyroid cancer experts
    • Published 50-page Thyroid Cancer Basics booklet


  • Funding comes from membership dues, donations from individuals and organizations, and unrestricted educational grants. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Tax ID #52-2169434

Members and Volunteers

  • We welcome new members and volunteers at any time.
  • Volunteer opportunities are listed on our web site.
  • The Membership page on our web site has the form for joining ThyCa as a one-year member, two-year member, or lifetime member.

How To Contact Us

  • Web site
  • E-mail:
  • Call Toll-Free: 1-877-588-7904 Fax: 1-630-604-6078
  • Write: ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
    PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102