Four-Time USA Memory Champion To Speak at Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference

World-renowned memory expert and thyroid cancer survivor Scott Hagwood has been added to the lineup of more than 60 speakers, including 22 leading physicians, who are scheduled to appear at the 9th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference on October 27-29, 2006 in Orlando, Florida at the International Plaza Resort & Spa (formerly Sheraton World), 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida. The conference is sponsored by the nonprofit organization ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association.

Hagwood, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, learned extensive memory techniques in response to the side effects of medical treatments he received for his thyroid cancer. As a result, he became a four-time USA Memory Champion and was the first American to be named Grandmaster of Memory at the 2003 World Competition in Malaysia. He has been featured in national publications and on television.

He now holds four national memory records, including remembering random words, audio numbers, and remembering a shuffled deck of playing cards in 2 minutes. At the competition in Malaysia, he memorized 9 decks of cards in order in an hour.

Hagwood’s workshop at the ThyCa Conference will focus on the seven fundamentals of memory and how to use them.

The conference features more than 100 sessions, including 46 physician presentations and question-and-answer sessions on including treatment and research advances and clinical trials for all types of thyroid cancer. It also includes physician presentations on pain management and on all thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, and thyroid nodules.

The conference is open to anyone interested, including people being tested, those newly diagnosed, survivors of many years, caregivers, friends, and health care professionals. Advance registrations have come from all around the United States as well as Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, and United Kingdom.

People may register on site at the conference, or in advance using the form on the web site. Walk-in attendees are welcome. Scholarships are available on request.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as awareness for early detection and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants. For more information about the conference and ThyCa’s free year-round support services, education, and publications, e-mail to, call toll-free 1-877-588-7904, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545, or visit the web site.