Voices of Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer

AstraZeneca has been working for decades in the fight against cancer.

While cancer is a term with which most people are probably familiar, a search through the National Organization for Rare Disorders database shows a number of cancers that are considered rare diseases.

One of these rare forms of cancer is medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). The American Cancer Society estimates that about 48,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2011, and less than 2000 of those are MTC.

Dealing with a rare form of cancer can be especially challenging for patients, their loved ones and their doctors because they face limited information and support networks.

That’s why we feel it is important to give a voice to the women and men who are living with advanced MTC. Throughout this month, we will post a series of videos from people with advanced MTC. We plan to update this post with links to each of the stories as they are uploaded.

Each one has a different story, yet they have a common desire to help others by sharing their cancer journeys.

Our hope is that their stories will help others with advanced medullary thyroid cancer recognize that although their form of cancer is rare, they are not alone.

Click here to view Jean’s journey.

Click here to view perspective from a loved one.

Click here to view Sue’s story.

Click here to view Lucy’s life.

The following organizations and Web sites may be helpful if you are seeking information on thyroid cancer:

1. ThyCa: http://www.thyca.org

2. National Organization for Rare Disorders: http://www.rarediseases.org

3. National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/thyroid/Patient

4. American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ThyroidCancer/DetailedGuide/index

5. Endocrine Web: http://www.endocrineweb.com/

6. American Thyroid Association: www.thyroid.org

7. American Society of Clinical Oncology: http://www.asco.org/

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