Designed to help patients facing a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, the second edition of the British Thyroid Foundation booklet: Thyroid Cancer - For Patients, By Patients has been extensively expanded and updated. It is a practical guide for patients who are going through diagnosis and treatment, and for their families and people who support them.
The booklet has been written or reviewed by people who have themselves experienced thyroid cancer. Included are their experiences, and medical information as well as details of the low-iodine diet and a seven-day meal plan and recipes; possible side effects of surgery and radioactive iodine treatment; advanced thyroid cancer; research into new treatments for iodine-resistant cancers; thyroid cancer and pregnancy and issues such as insurance and getting back to work. A glossary of terms, a checklist of questions to ask your doctor and useful contacts are also incorporated.
Endorsed by the British Thyroid Association (BTA), the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS), AMEND, Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust, Thyroid Cancer Support Group - Wales, and HPTH UK.
A very welcome addition ... …this updated edition is a major boost in terms of improving support and communication with our patients and their families. Professor Jayne Franklyn, President, British Thyroid Association
… The BTF is to be congratulated for successfully negotiating the fine line between too ‘complicated’ and too ‘little’. Mr Barney Harrison, President, British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
AMEND is happy to endorse this very informative and comprehensive booklet. Jo Grey, CEO and Chair of Trustee Board, AMEND
..it is straightforward and has been written by patients who know and understand how it feels to be affected by this disease. My congratulations and thanks to BTF for this excellent booklet. Kate Farnell, Founder/Director, Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust
This booklet ... helps answer many of the questions that patients have, but may not feel they can ask about. Cy Davies, Thyroid Cancer Support Group - Wales
…. I am delighted to see that patients can now be aware of parathyroid issues right from the start. Thank you, BTF! Liz Glenister, Founder/Director, HPTH UK
TV presenter and sports journalist Clare Balding writes: If you’ve ever been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or suspect that you may have it, this booklet is a must-read. There is valuable information on every page… Within the last ten months, I have had two lots of surgery and radioactive iodine treatment and I have barely missed a beat as far as work and life in general are concerned. I decided to attack the disease full on, never to use it as an excuse, and never to get negative about the outcome. It not only helped me to be positive but I do think it helps those around you, who can often worry more than you would.
I can ... recommend reading it more than once, and perhaps getting those you love to read it too.
Thyroid Cancer – For Patients By Patients
2nd revised edition, 2010
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