So, my sister has Thyroid Cancer. I’m currently awaiting a phone call with the results of the surgery that is going on right now, but I thought I would create a resource guide to places to learn about it online. There were a lot of things that I didn’t know about with regard to thyroid cancer.
From what I understand, and based on what friends have commented, this is the best form of cancer that she could have gotten, as it is easily treatable.
It turns out that there are many resources available online. After I twittered about this, someone who blogged about his own journey with Thyroid Cancer contacted me with his link, to help out. Thyroid Cancer patients seem to have a camaraderie online, which is great.
Thyroid Cancer Blog – This is the blog of the man that had contacted me. It’s detailed without being overly graphic. In fact, it has pictures of a sleeping puppy on many of the pages. It’s well put together, and even includes a community forum.
ThyCa – Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association – With lots of information and resources for survivors as well as newly diagnosed patients, this is a terrific resource.
MedicineNet: Thyroid Cancer – Questions and Answers about Thyroid Cancer.
American Thyroid Association – The ATA is the leading organization focused on thyroid biology and the prevention and treatment of thyroid disorders through excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, education, and public health.
Mayo Clinic: Thyroid Cancer – Information and Resources
National Cancer Institute: Thyroid Cancer – Information about Thyroid Cancer, including up-to-date statitistics and facts about the cancer. They also have a section on Thyroid Cancer Treatment that you may find helpful.
EndocrineWeb: Thyroid Cancer – A very useful website that includes information on all forms of Thyroid Cancer, and goes in-depth on all of them as well.
Types of Thyroid Cancer
There are four types of thyroid cancer, and some are more common than others.
- Papillary and/or mixed papillary/follicular ~ 78% [Click here to see specifics]
- Follicular and/or Hurthle cell ~ 17% [Click here to see specifics]
- Medullary ~ 4% [Click here to see specifics]
- Anaplastic ~ 1% [Click here to see specifics]
Do you have any other resources, or stories about Thyroid Cancer in your life? Feel free to comment below!
Update: My sister’s surgery lasted twice as long as the longest estimate of an hour and a half. Turned out to be a bigger tumor than initially thought. She’s home now, recovering from the surgery, and will still have the same work done later on.