Costa Rica’s First Thyroid Cancer Support Group Begins Meeting in 2007

Costa Rica’s first thyroid cancer support group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at “La Máscara” Theatre 13th Street, between 2nd and 4th Avenues, San José, Costa Rica. (Teatro La Mascara Calle 13, Avenida 2 y 4, diagonal al Hotel Flor de Lyz)

Meetings are free and open to people at all phases of testing, treatment, and follow-up for thyroid cancer, as well as their family members and friends. The ASOCATI ThyCa Costa Rica Support Group is affiliated with the nonprofit organization ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. ASOCATI ThyCa Costa Rica supports comprehension and awareness of thyroid cancer.

The Costa Rica group is the second such group outside the United States; the first such group was formed in the Philippines in March 2006. The group, along with more than 60 other ThyCa support groups, has its own page in the ThyCa web site’s local support groups section.

Teresa Saprissa, facilitator of the ASOCATI ThyCa Costa Rica Support Group, invites thyroid cancer patients, families, and friends to attend meetings. To find out more about the new group, contact Teresa Saprissa by phone at 385-0755 (from US 011-506-385-0755) or e-mail to

“We are pleased that Costa Rica now has this important new resource,” said ThyCa’s Support Groups Coordinator Sara Gorrell Brenner. “Our support groups help people meet and share experiences, to cope with the challenges of thyroid cancer.”

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals, advised by internationally recognized thyroid cancer specialists.

For more information about ThyCa’s free year-round support services, education, and publications, e-mail, call toll-free 1-877-588-7904, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545 USA, or visit the ThyCa web site.