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Free Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop with Five Physician Speakers To Be Held Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Silver Spring, Maryland


Physicians specializing in endocrinology, nuclear medicine, and surgery headline the upcoming 18th Annual Thyroid Cancer Workshop in the DC area, sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Maryland. 

This event is free. Patients, caregivers, friends, and everyone interested are invited to come and learn from experts, get answers to questions about thyroid cancer care and research, and take part in discussion roundtables with other thyroid cancer survivors and families.   

Everyone interested is welcome to attend for all or part of the day. Walk-in attendees are welcome, or register online in advance. 

Physician speakers include: 

  • Vaninder K. Dhillon, M.D., Otolaryngologist, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bethesda, MD. 
    Topic: Talk with a surgeon about your thyroid cancer, including voice and swallowing issues.
  • Christiane J. Gomes Lima, M.D.Endocrinologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.         
    Topic: Thyroid hormone therapy, testing, and dosing, including synthetic (T4), NDT, and T3. Can my lifestyle affect how I feel?
  • Jill M. Paulson, M.D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P., Endocrinologist, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
    Topic: Ask a doctor your questions about your long-term management, including how the latest ATA guidelines impact managing your care.
  • Leila Shobab, M.D., Endocrinologist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. 
    Topic: Papillary and follicular thyroid cancer: treatment and follow-up for different risk levels. 
  • Douglas Van Nostrand, M.D., Nuclear Medicine Physician, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. 
    Topic: I-131 (radioactive iodine) therapy in thyroid cancer management. When is I-131 used/not used in treatment, dose decisions, preparation, and follow-up, and monitoring.

In addition to the physicians’ presentations and question-and-answer sessions on thyroid cancer care and research, the day will include discussion roundtables led by thyroid cancer survivors. Roundtable topics will include coping with thyroid cancer in the short and long term, stress and fears around testing and treatment, and complementary approaches for well-being. 

Host groups for this free event are ThyCa Support Groups: ThyCa Baltimore, ThyCa Northern Virginia, and ThyCa Washington, DC. 

Visit the ThyCa Conferences page for details and online registration.

For more information, emall or or phone 301-493-8810. 

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is an international nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals, advised by internationally recognized thyroid cancer specialists and serving people worldwide since 1995. For more information e-mail to:; write to:  PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102; call toll-free:  1-877-588-7904; or visit our website.