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Support and communication for thyroid cancer survivors and families. A free publication of:
Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.
In This Issue
ThyCa Urges Early Detection Through Neck Checks
ThyCa welcomes these new support groups.
For details about the group nearest you, visit www.thyca.org/sg/local.htm or contact (toll-free) 1-877-588-7904.
Just published in a Spanish edition with review by Spanish-speaking medical experts, is “Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients” edited by thyroid cancer physician specialists Douglas Van Nostrand, M.D., and Leonard Wartofsky, M.D. and by thyroid cancer survivor Gary Bloom.
Numerous distinguished thyroid cancer experts wrote this in-depth reference book on thyroid cancer for patients and their caregivers. The book is available from ThyCa as well as in bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The proceeds from all book orders placed through ThyCa benefit our free support services, outreach and early detection programs, and thyroid cancer research grants.
To find out more and read excerpts, visit http://www.thyca.org/TCGuide.htm
Fact Sheets, Low-Iodine
Recipes, and more
Free workshops to be held are:
Look for the details in future issues of the Newsletter, and on the conferences page of our web site or call us toll-free at 1-877-588-7904.
Mark the Dates!
The 11th International Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Conference will be held from October 17-19, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri at the Sheraton Park Plaza. Download the flyer and share it with family and friends – get the word out! We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t miss it!
Packets for Newly Diagnosed Patients or Patients new to ThyCa are free. Just send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The packets include the following:
Become an informed patient; send for your packet today.
December 22, 2007 -- I got the ThyCa newsletter and reflected on why I joined ThyCa.
When I got home from the October conference, I thought maybe I didn't need to attend conferences. After all, I've been fine for 11 years.
And then it hit me. My doctor sent me for an ultrasound of a nodule seen 2 years ago but not mentioned. This time it was slightly larger and slightly changed. The radiologist recommended a biopsy... Although the doctor says this is "just in case" and is not worried, you know how it hits you. I googled myself silly.
Then I looked at the Conference program. If the conference were tomorrow, all my questions would be covered and answered. I WILL attend all Thyca ThyCa conferences as long as I am able. There are new discoveries every day .Did you know recurrence can occur decades after surgery and ablation?
I sent in a volunteer form. Count me in, especially if I dodge this bullet.
December 26, 2007--My research told me something that no doctor ever mentioned. It can recur DECADES after the first surgery and ablation. All the questions I researched would have been answered on a one-to-one basis if I had known enough to ask them at the conference. The subjects WERE covered.
Although my doctor is very upbeat about this, a fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is always scary.
Hope I can help for many years.
January 22, 2008 -- After waiting 5 weeks for a FNAB and 5 days for results, I was diagnosed with an enlarged, but benign lymph node, which will be followed. I won't let them make me wait 5 weeks again.
I will attend the conference in St. Louis armed with many questions.
Anything I can do to help ThyCa.
Editor's Response – Yes, ThyCa is a great resource! I believe that all ThyCa members are glad they joined. I know I am. ThyCa arms you with the information you need to be an informed patient. At last year’s conference the speakers even mentioned that “WE” are the experts and not “THEM”.. With ThyCa on our side, we are! Thank you very much for volunteering for ThyCa, and for helping it to be there for all of us.
*You can also
add some chicken breast on top of the rice and it will be a complete
Thank you, Sherrie! Your recipe will be added to the next edition of the FREE Downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook. Download the cookbook, with more than 250 favorite recipes from more than 200 generous volunteers.
Invitation! Send your favorite recipe to email@example.com, for a future newsletter and the cookbook’s next edition.
From the Editor....JUST
Colorado...Thank you for making so much information available at a time in my life with this new challenge ahead of me.
West Virginia...I would like to request a free packet for my daughter who has thyroid cancer - she's 19. The cookbook has been so helpful to us!
Arizona...I am so happy to discover your organization . . . as I sit here, rubber gloved at my computer and in my second day of RAI. Upon coming across the very amusing poetry, I just wept. It’s not that I wish this on anyone else, but “hypo hell” certainly describes it – especially the insomnia part. That’s been the most difficult. I’d like to request your new patient packet before I go dispose of my tear-stained gloves.
Texas...I thank you for this information as well as that on your website. This is such a confusing position to be in and your articles have surely helped me to sort through it all.
New York...Thank you for all you do. Your LID cookbook helped get me through a very difficult time.
California...This website has been a lifesaver.
Ohio...I have found your site very informative and helpful. I have had to be on a low iodine diet for the past week before my I-131 treatment. The cookbook is a great help.
New York...This site has been a big help!
California....Blessings to you and thanks for being there.
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Thank you to Pat Paillard, Editor and Contributor, and the writers, editors, and proofreaders for this issue: Gary Bloom, Sara Brenner, Sonya Gordon, Sherrie S., and Cherry Wunderlich.
The deadline for articles and news items is the first day of each month. Suggestions for articles are welcome.
We invite you to send News Notes to your family and friends. News Notes are also published on on this page: www.thyca.org/newsletters.htm. For permission to reprint in another electronic or print publication, please contact us.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID #52-2169434) of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals. We are dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as to public awareness for early detection, treatment, and lifetime health monitoring, and to thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.
Contact us for free awareness materials and information about our free services and special events. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-877-588-7904, fax 1-630-604-6078, write PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, or visit the website.