Thyroid Cancer Support
Encouraging the highest standards of support and patient care for Thyroid Cancer patients.
You can contact Mary McGarry
️Thyroid Cancer Survivor and
(further details in contact section)
You are not alone
Helping people to live with cancer, support and understand their journey is one of the main reasons for a support group. Every person is unique, every experience is different, but one thing for sure every journey through cancer is difficult. Thyroid Cancer Support Ireland can offer an opportunity to get support from others who have been on this journey. Support, assistance and information is free, always has been, and always will be. You can contact Mary, a thyroid cancer patient and survivor, anytime.
Thyroid Cancer Ireland is entirely altruistic, independent, patient led and non-affiliated. Thyroid Cancer Ireland/Mary McGarry has not received any income, funding or donations towards this valuable work, and does not fundraise.
To those who contact information, support, counselling and encouragement can be offered. Patients can have the opportunity to express their feelings, worries and anxieties, with a person who understands and knows what treatment for thyroid cancer can be like.
Some information on Thyroid Cancer:
Your thyroid is a gland at the base of your neck, It sits on top of your windpipe and below your voice box. It is shaped like a butterfly because the gland is in two halves. Your thyroid makes hormones that keep your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight at the right levels. Thyroid Cancer happens when cells in your thyroid change and start to grow in an abnormal way.
Cancer of the thyroid is when cells in your thyroid gland change and affect how your thyroid works normally. Your chance of developing thyroid cancer increases if you have a benign thyroid disease or have been exposed to radiation or radiotherapy as a child.
The main symptom of Thyroid Cancer is a painless lump in your neck which may increase in size. Causes of Thyroid Cancer include radiation exposure as a child, inherited genetic mutations in the case of Medullary Thyroid Cancer, or having certain benign thyroid conditions.
Thyroid Cancer can be diagnosed by tests such as a fine-needle aspiration, surgical biopsy, thyroid radioisotope scan, and other scans such as ultrasound, CT scan and MRI. The main treatments for Thyroid Cancer are surgery, thyroid hormone therapy, radioactive iodine and radiotherapy. Chemotherapy is sometimes used.
Thyroid Cancer Ireland provides support to those who have experienced a diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer, MEN 1 & 2 (multiple endocrine neoplasia), including post operative hypoparathyroidism and related conditions.
European Advisory Board Meeting
The primary objectives of this summit was to exchange patient industry perspectives on various topics of interest for the Thyroid Cancer community, and sharing of best practices between patient organisations.
Thyroid Cancer Gathering
Ireland's 1st Thyroid Cancer Gathering was held on Saturday 12th October 2013 in Mullingar. It was a lovely opportunity for members of our group to meet, share experiences, tell their stories and put a face to a name.
To coincide with June - Ireland's 1st Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month:
Podcast of Radio Interview June 6th 2013 with Will Faulkner, Midlands Radio 103.
World Thyroid Cancer Congress - July 2013
Members of Thyroid Cancer Alliance at the World Thyroid Cancer Congress
Carmen, Mary, Judith & Jo
Judith, Mary & Carmen
Gary Bloom, Thyca USA, Mary McGarry, TCSI & Jo Grey, Amend UK
Patient Organisations - all with the same common goal.
Kate Farnell, President, Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust
Mary McGarry, Thyroid Cancer Ireland.
Patient Information DVD Film Premiere Newcastle May 2013
Left to right
Judith Taylor, Trustee of the British Thyroid Foundation and Editor of BTF News, Helen Hobrough, President, Thyroid Cancer Support Wales, Mary McGarry, Founder Thyroid Cancer Support Ireland, Jo Grey, CEO, The Association of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders UK at the Patient Information DVD launch May 2013.
Gillian Malone, Thyroid Cancer Support Ireland's Butterfly
Mary McGarry, Thyroid Cancer Support Ireland.
Thyroid Cancer Support Ireland are very pleased to support this valuable patient resource. If you would like a copy of the DVD please contact ️Mary McGarry.
There are five main types of thyroid cancer:
Papillary Thyroid Cancer is a very slow growing cancer. About 4 out of 5 Thyroid Cancers are Papillary so it is the most common type. The treatment can be successful.
Follicular Thyroid Cancer is less common.
Medullary Thyroid Cancer is a rare type of Thyroid Cancer that can run in families.
Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer is also a rare cancer. Many people who get this cancer are older. It grows quickly and is treated differently.
Hurthle Cell Cancer is a rare type of thyroid cancer. About 4 out of every 100 cases are this type. It is sometimes present in people with benign thyroid disease.
"If you find yourself cocooned in isolation
and can't make your way out
of the darkness,
remember that this is similiar to the place
where caterpillars go to
grow their wings".
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