Welcome to the Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Website

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These pages offer information for everyone interested in learning more about thyroid cancer in children and adolescents -- pediatric thyroid cancer.

While the number of children and adolescents diagnosed with pediatric thyroid cancer is small compared to the numbers among adults, learning about all types of thyroid cancer is important. Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that is increasing in incidence each year.

We invite you to read these pages and to explore the further free support and information resources that are available for families, friends, and health care professionals coping with pediatric thyroid cancer.

About this Site and the Pediatric E-Mail Support Group

Dear Friend,

Our goal at ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is to support, encourage, and inform you as you navigate this journey of Pediatric Thyroid Cancer.

As a parent of a child diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in 2004, I know that this is a road less traveled. Many of us have been seeking the wealth of medical information and experienced medical professionals to guide us, just as families have found for treating other childhood cancers.

We are all grateful that most children and adolescents with thyroid cancer have remarkable and successful outcomes. However, it is unnerving and frightening to have a child with cancer.

We hope to help you by shining a light on this path on which you have now found your child and family. Cancer is not something that affects only the child- it affects your entire family. Cancer will impact the patient, the siblings, and the parents or caregivers.

We hope that by equipping you with information and the experiences of other families, you will become the best possible advocate for your child, to help reduce the long-term impact of this disease on your child and family. Connecting with others on this journey is also a comfort. Learning from each other and networking are invaluable.

We encourage you to use this web site to its fullest measure, and to think of it as your own. With this in mind, please send suggestions regarding content additions/changes to: pediatric@thyca.org. Explore its many sections, as well as its links to the main ThyCa web site.

For additional pediatric thyroid cancer resources, we encourage you to join ThyCa's online Pediatric Thyroid Cancer E-Mail Support Group as well as to find a local ThyCa support group to attend, if your community has one, to get to know others in your community who are coping with thyroid cancer.

I have also attended several of ThyCa's outstanding conferences and workshops. By attending these meetings I have developed a support network and have gained encouragement and knowledge, all helping me become my child's best advocate.

The best way to support your child is to obtain appropriate medical treatment, to educate yourselves, and to ensure that your child has a lifetime of follow-up. Together, we can make a difference and give each other hope and understanding as we travel this journey on the road less traveled.

Warmly, 
Lauri Huber
Moderator
ThyCa's Pediatric Thyroid Cancer E-Mail Support Group

This Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Site was developed by volunteers of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., and received input from numerous physician specialists who provide ongoing input and support to ThyCa's efforts in education, support, and outreach.We are grateful to everyone who has helped develop this site. We ask that everyone continue to contribute. If you would like to suggest additions to this web site, please e-mail to pediatric@thyca.org.

 


 

Disclaimer

This Pediatric Thyroid Cancer web site contains the knowledge and thoughts of families who have experienced thyroid cancer in a child or adolescent, as well as the knowledge of physician specialists in thyroid cancer and pediatric thyroid cancer. The information contained on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended, nor should it be interpreted, as medical advice or directions of any kind. Persons viewing this information are strongly advised to consult their own physicians for all matters involving their health and medical care.