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New 6th Edition of Free Low-Iodine Cookbook Helps Thyroid Cancer Patients Prepare for Radioiodine Scans, Treatments

09/2007

Now Available at www.thyca.org, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association

More than 100 thyroid cancer survivors have donated more than 250 of their favorite recipes to the newly published 6th edition of the free Low-Iodine Cookbook from the national nonprofit ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. Thyroid cancer patients worldwide use the cookbook when on the brief diet used while preparing for the radioiodine scans and treatments often used with thyroid cancer.

The cookbook’s new expanded edition is downloadable free of charge from ThyCa’s web site www.thyca.org. The contributors have all used the temporary low-iodine diet themselves, usually for a one-to-two-week time period before a scan or treatment with radioactive iodine. They also contributed snack ideas and tips for how to make the most of the diet.

The guidelines came from numerous thyroid cancer specialist physicians and researchers who advise ThyCa and speak at the annual international thyroid cancer survivors' conferences.

"Donating these low-iodine recipes is a way for people with thyroid cancer to do something positive for ourselves and for others," says cookbook Editor Leah Guljord, West Melbourne, Florida, who is also Assistant Chair of ThyCa's Board of Directors. "We are grateful to the generous volunteers who shared their recipes. These delicious recipes are the volunteers' family favorites. They provide a wide array of choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts, as well as appetizers, snacks, sauces, and spreads.”

"We invite everyone to share this free book with their families, friends, and physicians. Physicians, hospitals, and clinics are also welcome to download this cookbook and give copies to their patients."

The free cookbook is one of many free resources and support services available from ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association (www.thyca.org). ThyCa also offers local support groups, one-to-one support through its Person To Person Network, e-mail groups, educational events, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month each September, and year-round awareness programs. ThyCa also sponsors thyroid cancer research grants.

The 10th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference will feature more than 80 session choices and will take place in San Francisco, California, on October 19-21, 2007.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals, dedicated to education, communication, support, awareness for early detection, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants. For more information, call 1-877-588-7904, send e-mail to thyca@thyca.org, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545, or visit www.thyca.org.


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