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International Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference Draws Big Attendance;
Survivors Begin Planning 2007 Conference, To Be Held in San Francisco,
The 9th International
Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Conference sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer
Survivors' Association (www.thyca.org) brought together more than
400 hundred survivors, caregivers, families, and health care professionals
and other experts to learn the latest about thyroid cancer and share
their experiences. They heard from experts and learned how to get
support if living with thyroid cancer.
from 37 states, from Alaska to Rhode Island, as well as the District
of Columbia, 3 Canadian provinces, Costa Rica, and United Kingdom.
The annual conference took place October 27-29, 2006, in Orlando,
Florida. The weekend combined education, support, and skills for coping
with the emotional and practical aspects of living with thyroid cancer.
from a newly diagnosed 13-year-old to a 42-year survivor. They chose
from 115 sessions led by more than 60 speakers. Attendees included
survivors of every type of thyroid cancer—papillary, follicular, medullary,
and anaplastic. Among them were many newly diagnosed, as well as long-term
survivors and those with advanced metastatic disease.
- Speakers included
three American Thyroid Association presidents: David S. Cooper,
M.D., 2006-2007 President; Ernest L. Mazzaferri, M.D., Immediate
Past President; and Past President Carole A. Spencer, Ph.D.
- 23 Physicians,
a Pharm.D, and 3 Ph.D. scientists led more than 50 sessions on diagnosis,
care in the first year and over the long term, research advances,
and clinical trials. Speakers came from the Cleveland Clinic, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ohio State University, University
of Florida, University of Miami, University of Texas M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center, and other major centers.
endocrinologist Beatriz Tendler, M.D., University of Connecticut
Health Center, helped the Spanish-speaking attendees.
- National Memory
Champion Scott Hagwood, thyroid cancer survivor of North Carolina,
led a memory skills workshop; and Michael Desiderio, M.B.A., of
Arizona, medullary thyroid cancer survivor, and Cheri Wallace Lindle,
M.Ed., of Oklahoma, founder of ThyCa's Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
E-mail Support Group, led communications skills sessions.
- Special guest
at Saturday evening's Research Benefit Dinner/Auction was Thurman
Thomas, retired star running back noted for 4 Super Bowl and 5 Pro
Bowl appearances. He spoke of his loss of many family members to
cancer, and his support of cancer research. Michael Desiderio, medullary
thyroid cancer survivor, presented the evening's keynote.
- Speakers also
included 2 mental health professionals; 3 attorneys specializing
in health insurance, employment, and disability; financial and household
management educators; and a nutrition specialist.
- More than 30
survivor/caregiver roundtables focused on living with each type
of thyroid cancer, being in a clinical trial, being an effective
self-advocate, voice issues, caregivers' needs, and many other topics.
was my first conference and I left there feeling both supported
and educated," wrote an attendee from Colorado.
a warm, loving, comforting atmosphere to walk in to my first conference!!
Thank you all so much for giving me the gift of the first time in
2 years feeling like I belonged again. It's a blessing to have such
a big family. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" wrote another
- "The information
far exceeded my expectations! I will never miss another conference,"
commented another attendee.
learned so much. Many questions have been answered and I know more
about managing my medications and other issues. You have provided
incredible speakers," wrote another.
- Another said,
"ThyCa's web site, conference, and volunteers in addition to
other survivors, have been the best follow up to treatment that
I could have imagined. Thank you for making it all possible!"
- "It was
my first conference-and what a great informative, educational, and
supportive conference. I'M SO GLAD I ATTENDED THIS CONFERENCE! I
STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ATTEND FUTURE CONFERENCE," wrote
a Florida attendee.
support and education to everyone affected by thyroid cancer is
the heart of our mission," ThyCa Board Chair Gary Bloom of
Olney, Maryland, an eleven-year thyroid cancer survivor. "We
thank all our speakers who gave so generously of their knowledge
and time, and all the volunteers, including many unable to attend,
who made the conference possible. The conference information will
help us continue to expand our educational web site, so that people
worldwide will benefit from this important event."
excited that next year's conference will be in California. We invite
everyone to attend the 10th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors'
Conference in San Francisco, California, October 19-21, 2007,"
said Bloom. "Throughout the year we welcome everyone to visit
our web site and attend our monthly local support group meetings,
as well as our one-day regional workshops already being planned
for the spring."
Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a national voluntary nonprofit
501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and
health care professionals, advised by thyroid cancer specialists and
dedicated to education, support, communication, awareness for early
detection, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.
For more information
about ThyCa's free year-round support services, education, and publications,
e-mail to email@example.com, call
toll-free 1-877-588-7904, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545,
or visit the ThyCa web site.