Join us in telling the #TruthAboutTC 

The #TruthAboutTC campaign began as a response to the feeling within the thyroid cancer (TC) community that the reality of living with the disease was not being accurately represented. Too often, challenges were being downplayed and overlooked. Newly diagnosed patients would hear things like, “If you had to get cancer, this would be the type you'd want to get.” Myths like this need to be dispelled. The truth needs to be told.

In 2021, an estimated 44,000 people were diagnosed with TC.¹ The good news is that in most cases, the long-term prognosis is positive; however, this belief has led to the misconception that TC is “the good cancer.    This optimism contradicts several harder truths. For one, “most” does not mean “all.” Some forms of the disease are very aggressive, and TC claims thousands of lives each year.    Further, because of the effects of the disease and its treatment, TC survivors may face a lifetime of challenges—both physical and emotional. 

TC survivorship can be similar to living with living with a chronic condition, and the treatment-related effects and the emotional impact of the disease may cause some patients to experience ongoing challenges, such as lack of energy, fatigue, weight gain, voice issues, anxiety, and depression, to name but a few.
 

There is no such thing as a good cancer, and we’re here to tell the world the #TruthAboutTC.

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What’s your #TruthAboutTC?
The community needs to hear more from voices like yours.

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To tell the truth about TC, we start with the facts. From an endocrinologist providing clinical insights to TC survivors illustrating their day-to-day challenges, there are countless ways to increase the public’s understanding of the disease. By sharing facts, we aim to increase TC awareness among the public, encourage early detection, and dispel misconceptions about the disease.

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We are stronger together. From organizations providing practical resources to survivors sharing their experiences to anyone who has stepped up to carry a share of the burden, community means being there for each other. The #TruthAboutTC is that you are not alone.

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References:

  1. ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. Thyroid cancer basics. Accessed October 28, 2021. thyca.org/download/document/350/TCBasics.pdf. 

  2. Easley J, Miedema B, Robinson L. It's the "good" cancer, so who cares? Perceived lack of support among young thyroid cancer survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2013:40(6):596-600. doi: 10.1188/13.ONF.596-600.

  3. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: thyroid cancer. Accessed October 15, 2021. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/thyro.html 

This Web site contains information relating to various medical conditions and treatment. Such information is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice of a physician or other health care professionals. You should not use this information for diagnosing a health problem or disease. In order for you to make intelligent health care decisions, you should always consult with a physician or other health care provider for your, or your loved one’s, personal medical needs. All quotes included in this Web site represent the individual experience of some doctors, some patients, and their caregivers.

© 2022 by Eisai Inc. in collaboration with ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.; Light of Life Foundation; and Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation.

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References:

  1. National Cancer Institute. Cancer Stat Facts: thyroid cancer. Accessed October 15, 2021. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/thyro.html 


  2. ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. Thyroid cancer basics. Accessed September 13, 2020. thyca.org/download/document/350/TCBasics.pdf 

  3. Angell TE. Thyroid cancer patients with good prognosis continue to worry years after diagnosis. Clin Thyroidol. 2019;(31:8):346–348. 

  4. Nickel B, Tan
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E, et al. Health-related quality of life after diagnosis and treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer and association
 with type of surgical treatment. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(3):231-238. 

This website contains information relating to various medical conditions and treatment. Such information is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice of a physician or other health care professionals. You should not use this information for diagnosing a health problem or disease. In order for you to make intelligent health care decisions, you should always consult with a physician or other health care provider for your, or your loved one’s, personal medical needs. All quotes included in this Web site represent the individual experience of some doctors, some patients, and their caregivers.