Free Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Mid-Atlantic Workshop To Be Held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Falls Church, Virginia

Thyroid cancer continues to increase in incidence, and on Saturday, May 10, 2008, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association will offer a FREE one-day educational workshop in Falls Church, Virginia, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Physicians Conference Center at Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia.

Distinguished thyroid cancer experts from Georgetown University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, National Institutes of Health, and Washington Hospital Center, and other specialists will speak and answer questions at the 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Workshop.

This free educational and supportive day is open to people at all phases of testing, treatment, and follow-up for thyroid cancer, as well as their caregivers and everyone interested in learning about thyroid cancer. Featured speakers include:

  • Douglas W. Ball, M.D., Endocrinologist, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • Lisa M. Boyle, M.D., Surgeon, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
  • Frank R. Crantz, M.D., Endocrinologist, McLean, VA
  • Janis I. Halzel, Pharm.D., Pharmacist, Consensus Medical Communications, Centennial, CO
  • Heather Jacene, M.D., Nuclear Medicine Physician, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
  • Jacqueline Jonklaas, M.D., Endocrinologist, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Marina Zemskova, M.D., Endocrinologist, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Presentations and question-and-answer sessions will cover thyroid cancer diagnosis, treatment, lifelong monitoring, and research advances, including research on papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. The workshop also includes survivor and caregiver roundtable support group sessions on skills for living with thyroid cancer.

For attendees needing overnight lodging, a special room rate is available at a nearby hotel, with details on ThyCa’s web site.

The ThyCa Support Groups of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, have organized this event. Attendees may register either in advance on the online form or on site at the workshop. Walk-in attendees are welcome. Attendees may come for part or all of the day.

For further workshop information, e-mail to, call Cherry Wunderlich at 301-493-8810, or visit ThyCa’s web site.

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. is a national nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization providing person-to-person support, support groups, the free downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook, free online newsletter, awareness materials, free one-day workshops, and other resources to thyroid cancer survivors, their families, and the public at no charge.

ThyCa also funds thyroid cancer research grants, sponsors Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month in September, and will hold the 11th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 17-19, 2008.

For more information, visit ThyCa’s web site, write PO Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, call toll-free to 877-588-7904, fax to 630-604-6078, or e-mail to