Even though thyroid cancer is not as common as other thyroid problems, according to Cancer Research UK thyroid cancer is within the top twenty most common cancers for women in the UK. Women have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer although men can develop thyroid cancer. Almost half of all thyroid cancer patients are below the age of 50. Thyroid cancer is on the rise in UK as well as other countries in Europe. Since 1993 thyroid cancer rates have doubled among women.
If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or know someone who has been diagnosed, order your copy of British Thyroid Foundation’s Thyroid Cancer For Patients By Patients today.
There have been some encouraging results published regarding the effectiveness of a new drug developed by Eisai called lenvatinib for the treatment of papillary and follicular thyroid cancer which is resistant to radioactive iodine. This drug however, is still a long way from being available for clinical use but Eisai are currently passing it through the regulatory authorities processes.
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Macmillan now have a dedicated Thyroid Cancer Information Nurse whose role is to provide support and information to people affected by thyroid cancer throughout the UK. For further information please go to the Macmillan website.
BTF has set up a Closed Facebook Group for people who have had a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. It aims to be a safe place for people to share information, share experiences and suppor one another. If you woudl like to join the group please email
Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust has produced the first ever comprehensive patient information film about thyroid cancer and is delighted to announce the launch of "Thyroid Cancer Uncovered: A Patient's Guide "The film is a comprehensive step by step guide about the disease and treatment from diagnosis to long term follow up. Its chapters are presented by leading UK thyroid cancer clinicians. It also follows four patient journeys. The DVD is free to all UK patients. The film has been endorsed by the BTF, the BAETS, British Thyroid Association, AMEND, TCSG Wales, Hypoparathyroidism UK and Thyroid Cancer Alliance. Please click on the image below to see a teaser. For more information or to order a copy please contact
28 July 2015
Please take part in a short questionnaire to share your experiences of having a child diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism.
31 March 2015
BTF Research Award 2015
Congratulations to Dr Carla Moran who has been awarded this year's Research Award for her work into hypothyroidism.
10 March 2015
Patient journeys - BTF films
We are delighted to have produced a series of short films featuring people talking about their experience of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
22 January 2015
Fight for Sight and BTF Co-fund New Research
A research grant co-funded by Fight for Sight and the British Thyroid Foundation has been awarded to researchers at London's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
15 December 2014
Thyroid cancer - patient journeys
BTF has produced four short films for patients with thyroid cancer. Please get in touch if you would like more information or support.
5 November 2014
Patient Knowledge of antithyroid drug-induced agranulocytosis - article published in the European Thyroid Journal.
July 2014 BSL Signed Information Clips
SignHealth have created a series of signed informational videos about thyroid issues. Find them on their website here
8 June 2014
Iodine supplements for a healthy thyroid
Information about the importance of taking iodine supplements and who needs them.
Drug Availability Updates
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