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FAQs

General Questions

What does THANC do?

Patient Support, Research & Education

Each year, THANC organizes endurance events, free oral cancer screenings, and lectures covering a wide variety of topics—all intended to increase public awareness and offer support to thyroid and head & neck cancer patients and their caregivers. One of our newest initiatives, the Head and Neck Cancer Guide, is a support website that provides detailed information and guidance for patients and their caregivers of all ages.

As an essential aspect of our mission, research takes many forms. In our fellowship program, it’s encouraged and expected to be an important part of a fellow’s growth throughout their training period. Another of our initiatives, the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative (TCCC) is both a tool to record and monitor individual patient records and a rigorous and comprehensive approach to analyzing data and applying results to the unique and specific needs of each patient. The THANC Functional Outcomes Research Center focuses on developing multidisciplinary protocols and treatments to improve voice, speech, swallow function and quality of life for individuals undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer.

THANC frequently sponsors a unique set of continued medical education courses, designed to give intense hands-on training in head & neck reconstruction and the management of thyroid and parathyroid diseases.

Who are we?

Click here to learn more about our staff.

Where are we?

10 Union Square East, Suite 5B, NYC 10003

What kinds of events does THANC sponsor?

Athletic Events (fundraising)

First inspired by a former patient (Danielle Hamarich), Team THANC’s first athletic event was the 2009 (what was the first year?) NJ Half Marathon in Long Branch, NJ. Since then, in the spirit of giving and promoting healthy living, THANC has rallied together a team of runners. Each year, we choose different locations and types of athletic events to bring awareness to our organization and to cancers of the head, neck and thyroid.

Galas/Benefits (fundraising)

Every year we have a variety of benefits intended to raise funds and awareness of our organization’s mission. Since 2003, the Levy Group has sponsored an annual Golf Tournament that takes place in Long Island. Inspired by our 10th Anniversary, we commemorated 2013 with a celebration of survivors that have influenced THANC. Each year brings new opportunities for us to connect with the people whose lives we’ve had the honor to touch and who have touched us.

SPOHNC/Patient support (outreach)

What research does THANC invest in?

The THANC Functional Outcomes Research Center focuses on developing multidisciplinary protocols and treatments to improve voice, speech, swallow function and quality of life for individuals undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer.

Surgery with or without radiation and chemoradiotherapy can cause changes to oral competence, speech, voice, resonance, swallowing, diet, salivary flow, sensation, taste, and quality of life. Primary radio/chemoradiotherapy can affect these variables as well.

The THANC Functional Outcomes Center has been examining the effects of surgery, radiotherapy and chemoradiotherapy on these variables over time to better predict functioning following treatment. The effects of various medical treatments, such as type of surgical reconstruction and organ sparing radiotherapy protocols are being examined, as are the effects of speech and swallow intervention.

Medical Education Programs

What is the fellowship program?

The fellow plays an integral role on both our oncologic and reconstructive surgery teams. While a team of six residents, four full-time nurse practitioners, and a full-time physician’s assistant, the fellow is able to assist in managing head and neck oncology and reconstructive patients, as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgical patients. The fellow runs the head & neck reconstruction conference on a monthly basis where an analysis of difficult upcoming and past cases takes place. Additionally, the fellow plays a key role in our weekly head & neck tumor board where we discuss upcoming cases and determine our treatment plan.

What is the observership program?

During the observership, the participant will have the opportunity to observe head and neck ablative and reconstructive procedures (microvascular), thyroid and parathyroid procedures. He or she may spend time with each member of the team to focus on their respective areas of expertise (i.e. Radiation Oncology, Head and Neck Pathology and Cytopathology, Medical Oncology, Head and Neck Radiology). The time spent with each discipline can be tailored to the particular educational experience that the participant desires.

What is the residency program?

The role of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the management of head and neck cancer cannot be understated. Working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, oral surgeons play an integral role in the reconstruction of surgical defects and restoring function to the jaws and teeth—helping head and neck cancer patients retain their ability to eat, speak and swallow.

The training an oral surgeon must undergo is significant. For the past ten years, the THANC Foundation has been fortunate to work hand-in-hand with Daniel Buchbinder, DMD, MD, the Director of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Residency Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Fundraising

How do I give/donate?

Donate online or in the mail.

Matching Gift Program

Check with your organization’s Human Resources department. Frequently, companies offer programs to match your contribution, dollar-for-dollar.

In-Kind Donation

Contribute goods or services to one of our many yearly fundraisers. We’re always in need of items (i.e. sports tickets, airline miles, hotel stays, jewelry, collectors items, etc) to auction or raffle off at our annual benefits.

Participate in an athletic event – fundraise.

By participating, you will raise money crucial in helping us fulfill our mission.

I’d like to hold a local benefit to sponsor THANC. How do I go about doing this?

We are always looking to involve more people with our cause. Let’s discuss your proposal to host a local event in more detail. Please send us your proposal via email (info@thancfoundation.org).

What can I donate?

  • Money
  • Goods or Services – for events, silent auctions/raffles.

Disease-Related Questions

What is oral cancer? What types of oral cancer are there?

Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer. Mouth cancers typically start as a lump, bump or patch in the mouth (these are called “lesions”). Something suspicious that does not go away after a few weeks is usually discovered either by you, your dentist or another doctor. Most mouth cancers are… READ MORE  

What is throat cancer? What types of throat cancer are there?

The term “throat cancer” is not very specific. It includes cancers in many different parts of the head and neck area. These areas include the nasopharynx located behind the nose, the oropharynx, which includes the tonsils and base of tongue, as well as the voice box and… READ MORE  

What is neck cancer? What types of neck cancer are there?

Some patients with head and neck cancer first show up to a doctor’s office because they feel a “swollen gland” or lump in the neck. It is important to note that a lump in the neck is not necessarily cancer. Lymph nodes can be… READ MORE  

What is nose & sinus cancer? What types of nose & sinus cancer are there?

Cancers on the outside skin of the nose are typically skin cancers, so see that section if you’re interested in learning more about cancers on the outside of the nose. This section covers cancers inside of the nose (the nasal cavity) and the paranasal sinuses (air-filled spaces in the head around the nasal cavity). These are called sinonasal cancers.

Of all sinonasal cancers, maxillary sinus cancers are… READ MORE  

What is skin cancer? What types of skin cancer are there?

There are a number of different types of skin cancers. The most useful system is to classify skin cancers into malignant melanoma versus… READ MORE  

What are orbital tumors?

The orbit is the part of the face that houses the eye. Ocular tumors are different from… READ MORE  

Patient Questions

I have a lot of questions about the road to getting well again—the cancer journey. Where can I find more information?

Your cancer journey will take you through each of the important steps—from the moment you discover a suspicious lump, bump or lesion in your head or neck to either remission and life after cancer or end-of-life choices. Everyone’s journey is different, but there are some phases … READ MORE  

I care for someone with cancer and need resources. Where can I find more information?

As a caregiver for someone with head and neck cancer, you will face challenges of your own as you help your loved one through the cancer journey. Primary caregivers experience almost as many life changes as the person with cancer, and the tools provided here are designed to help guide… READ MORE  

I have children. How do I explain my disease to them?

A diagnosis of head and neck cancer affects the whole family. As a parent, it’s natural to want to protect your children from fear and anxiety. It can also be very difficult to switch roles and allow yourself to be cared for. The urge to shield children and keep secrets in this situation is normal.

But children, even very young ones, are perceptive… READ MORE  

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UPCOMING EVENTS
JULY. 27

July SPOHNC Meeting

2:00–4:00PM

Mount Sinai Downtown

10 Union Square East, Conference Room 5K-04, New York, NY, 10003

SEPT. 18

5th Biennial Chicago Invitational Golf Tournament

12:00 PM–6:00 PM

The Glen Club

2901 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL

SEPT. 25

THANC Foundation Golf Outing

10:30AM – 6:00PM

Old Oaks Country Club

3100 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY

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