Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)

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These pages provide information from and for patients, survivors, and their friends and families. This material was developed by the anaplastic thyroid cancer survivors and caregivers who participate in the Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Email Support Group sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., in cooperation with other ThyCa volunteers and ThyCa medical advisors.


This ATC web site contains the collective knowledge and thoughts of those who have directly or indirectly experienced ATC. In general, those who add content to this ATC web site are not medical professionals, and their information may only pertain to an individual and may not characterize the population as a whole. 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.

Our Goal

The goal of this Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer web site is to provide a place where people can find information specific to Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC). We are not doctors or specialists in the areas of the thyroid or oncology. We are individuals who have had experiences with ATC and who wish to document these experiences so that others on similar journeys can learn from our experiences. We are grateful to the thyroid cancer specialist physicians who have reviewed the medical information on this web site.

In many of our "frantic" searches for answers about ATC, we have discovered and experienced a lot of information. We will share what we have learned so that others who are in search of answers can easily navigate this information. That way, their searches may be less "frantic" than ours were.

We do not profess to have all the answers. However, we have a good start. We ask that others continue to contribute. If you would like to suggest additions to this web site, please e-mail to

We provide both support and information. We share our experiences, strength, and hope, so that the future doesn't look so bleak to those who are just now crossing this bridge that many others have crossed. We will share our doctors’ names, our treatment protocols, the successes and failures of treatments, and the locations of treatment centers where we have been.

It is important to remember that people respond differently to the same treatments. What works for one person might not work for another. Inversely, what doesn't work for one person might work for someone else. Unfortunately, this makes the road a little less predictable than we might wish. However, as time marches on, we hope that there will be more predictability and consistency in finding what works!

We will also share strategies that have helped when it comes to maintaining our emotional energy, whether we are the patients or the families who are dealing with ATC. We want to provide a place not only for information, but also for emotional support. So, make sure you see the ATC E-Mail Support Group section for further information and instructions for joining the group.

Last updated:  March 11, 2023