Did I Hear you Correctly? Your Thyroid is in Your Arm?
The THANC Foundation is currently involved in the advancement of a groundbreaking surgical procedure in which the thyroid is removed from the neck and safely transplanted into the forearm. Transplanting the thyroid allows for a head and neck cancer patient to receive necessary radiation therapy without the risk of impairing thyroid function. While this procedure may sound strange it has the potential to truly improve the quality of life of head and neck cancer patients.
This unique procedure has only been performed in one other pilot study at the University of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada