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Thyroid cancer reading list

Men and woman discussing thyroid cancer

This page gives details of a selection of books and leaflets about thyroid cancer. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients 
Douglas Van Nostrand and others
Keystone Press, 2010
ISBN- 9780974623924

This book covers all aspects of thyroid cancer and its treatment. It is written by medical experts. The book is American so some information is not applicable to a UK audience. There is a chapter containing patients' commentaries about living with thyroid cancer.

The Thyroid Cancer Book
M.Sara Rosenthal
Trafford publishing, 2002
ISBN 1553950593

Written by a woman who has had thyroid cancer, this book covers the causes of thyroid cancer, the different treatments available, emotional and psychological issues and complementary therapies. The author is Canadian and some of the information is not relevant for the UK. But the book is easy to read and comprehensive.

The Purple Butterfly: Diary of a thyroid cancer patient
Susan Hibberd
Exposure Publishing, 2006
ISBN 1846851114

This book is the year long diary of a UK thyroid cancer patient. It gives a look into the issues faced by someone diagnosed with cancer and having treatment. It covers Susan's personal thoughts and feelings from before diagnosis, through her treatment and her feelings after treatment had ended. The book gives detailed information about what it is like to have radioactive iodine treatment.

Thyroid Cancer
Alan Elias M.D.
Xlibris Corporation, 2005
ISBN 1413471250

This book is written by a doctor and gives a brief outline of the various types of thyroid cancer and their treatment. It aims to give necessary background knowledge to patients who would like to better understand their disease and actively take part in the diagnosis and treatment of their cancer.


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the following booklets are also available on CD.

Understanding thyroid cancer
Understanding chemotherapy 
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials)
Understanding radiotherapy
Coping with hair loss
Diet and cancer
Coping with advanced cancer
Caring for someone with advanced cancer
Dying with cancer
Controlling cancer pain
Controlling the symptoms of cancer 
Coping with fatigue 
Cancer and complementary therapies 
Sexuality and cancer 
The emotional effects of cancer
Talking to children when an adult has cancer
Talking about your cancer 
Lost for words: how to talk to someone with cancer
Life after cancer treatment

From the Royal Marsden Hospital Trust

Clinical trials
Your operation and anaesthetic

To order any of the Royal Marsden Hospital booklets please telephone freephone 0800 783 7176, or email


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Updated: 1 May 2013