A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients. This publication is a collection of summaries of the top articles from the recent medical literature that cover the broad spectrum of thyroid disorders. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in the previous month’s issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. This means that you, the patients, will be getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians.

The Calendar of Events highlights educational forums and support groups that are organized by members of the Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, the Graves’ Disease Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association.

IMPORTANT MEETINGS NOTICE In the next 2 months there are three national meetings that I would like to bring to your attention. Please see details on all three of these meetings later in this issue.

First is a telephone workshop entitled: Treatment Update on Thyroid Cancer (link is ). The workshop will take place on May 5 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern Time.

Next, I would like to invite all of you to attend the Annual Alliance Patient Educational Forum at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on Saturday May 15 from 1:30 – 3 PM. Come and get answers to your questions about thyroid disease diagnosis and management.

Third is a Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Patient Education Conference at the MD Anderson Cancer center in Houston on Saturday June 26 from 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM.


  • What is the best predictor of prognosis in thyroid cancer in children?
  • What are the risk factors for the development of hypothyroidism?
  • Are patients with thyroid disease at risk for other autoimmune diseases?
  • What effect does pregnancy have on thyroid cancer?
  • What is the best way to treat thyroid cancer during pregnancy?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you want to see in this publication. I hope you find these summaries interesting and informative.



— Alan Farwell, MD