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Resources and books

Find out about organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with thyroid cancer and treatment.

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer.  As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send us a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.

Thyroid cancer support organisations

A support network for people with thyroid disease. The British Thyroid Foundation's staff, medical professionals, volunteers and people with thyroid disorders, work together to provide support and information based on reliable medical evidence and personal experience.

Tel: 01423 810 093

Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust is the first national charity in the UK dedicated solely to the support of patients with thyroid cancer. You can talk to others with thyroid cancer via their helpline, email and telephone. They also arrange for buddies to help through the treatment process.

Tel: 01207 545 469

Hypopara UK offers support for people with hypoparathyroidism. This can be caused by thyroid surgery and can make it difficult for your body to maintain a normal level of calcium in the blood. They can provide information and have an online forum.

Tel: 01342 316 315

General support organisations

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form

Books about thyroid cancer

Douglas Van Nostrand and others
Keystone Press, 2010
ISBN 9780974623924

This US book covers all aspects of thyroid cancer and its treatment, written by medical experts. Some information is not applicable for a UK audience. There's a chapter containing patients' commentaries about living with thyroid cancer.

Alan Elias
Xlibris Corporation, 2005
ISBN 1413471250

Written by a doctor, it gives a brief outline of the various types of thyroid cancer and treatment. It aims to give necessary background knowledge to patients who'd like to better understand their disease and actively take part in the diagnosis and treatment of their cancer.

The Thyroid Cancer Book (2nd edition)
M S Rosenthal
Trafford publishing, 2006
ISBN 1553950593

This book covers the causes of thyroid cancer, different treatments, emotional and psychological issues and complementary therapies. The author whose had thyroid cancer is Canadian, so some information isn't relevant for the UK. The book is easy to read and comprehensive.

Susan Hibberd
Butterfly Cottage Publishing, 2018
ISBN 978-1999932107

A year long diary of Susan, a UK thyroid cancer patient. It's shows the issues she faced being diagnosed with cancer and having treatment. It includes her personal thoughts and feelings before diagnosis, through her treatment and once it ended. It gives detailed information about what it's like to have radioactive iodine treatment.

Booklets and factsheets

Many of these are also available on audio 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

A range of downloadable factsheets and information relating to cancer and treatment.

Videos of people's stories

Find out about the experience of living with and beyond cancer by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Healthtalk’s researchers created a library of interviews with people who have survived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis.

Find out what people said about issues such as lifestyle choices, physical effects and the impact on work and family.

Go to the HealthTalk website

Find local cancer support and information services

NHS Choices has a service that tells you about local information and support.

Go to NHS Choices website