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    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

  • When are THANC's office hours?

    M–F 8am–6pm

  • 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.


  • 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 (

  • What can I donate?
    • Money
    • Goods or Services – for events, silent auctions/raffles.

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