Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Capital Area Workshop, Saturday, April 5, 2003, Features Four Physicians

On Saturday, April 5, thyroid cancer survivors and their families are invited to attend a one-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Inova Health System’s Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper Street, Fairfax/Merrifield, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. and Interstate 495.

The workshop is FREE and open to people at all stages of testing and treatment for thyroid cancer, as well as their families and friends.

The four physicians who will speak and answer questions are Monica Skarulis, M.D., Endocrinologist, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Jeffrey A. Cooper, M.D., Nuclear Medicine Physician, Washington, DC, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; James Oertel, M.D., Pathologist, Washington, DC; and Yolanda Oertel, M.D., Director of the Fine Needle Aspiration Service, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Three of these physicians are members of the Medical Advisory Council of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.

The physicians will discuss all phases of thyroid cancer care, as well as research advances related to thyroid cancer diagnosis, treatment, and long-term follow-up. This educational and supportive day will also include sessions on coping skills and complementary care for well-being, as well as thyroid cancer survivor roundtables.

The free workshop is sponsored by ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. An all-volunteer nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals, ThyCa provides support services, resources, and publications, free of charge, to thyroid cancer survivors and their families.

Transportation directions and further details are on the ThyCa web site in the Conferences/Workshops section.

For more information about the workshop, e-mail to or or phone 301-493-8810.

To find out more about ThyCa’s year-round support services and the international conference to be held October 24-26, e-mail to, phone 1-877-588-7904 or visit the ThyCa web site at <>.