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Mission We are committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment.
The Foundation The Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation was incorporated in April 2003 and has quickly grown to become the largest private funder of research in the country for these areas of cancer. In addition to research, THANC sponsors continuing professional medical education, community awareness and education, as well as patient outreach and support programs. Under the medical direction of Dr. Mark Urken, THANC has recently been housed within the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel. Research Continuing discoveries in genomics and molecular biology are spurring unexpected insights into better understanding thyroid, head and neck cancers. To build on these recent breakthroughs, THANC awards grants to outstanding senior and junior investigators. Their clinical and behavioral work is opening exciting new research pathways, developing earlier detection methods, and exploring potentially more effective treatments. THANC has contributed to establishing a new molecular biology/working tissue culture laboratory. Encouraging and funding original reseach furthers our mission to find new therapies that help mitigate patients' suffering and functional impairment. Accomplishments Created a new laboratory to investigate novel strategies for killing cancer cells with oncolytic viruses which are designed to kill head and neck cancer cells but not effect normal, healthy cells. Established the Mount Sinai Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Cancer Laboratory, a working tissue culture and molecular biology laboratory. Preliminary studies funded by the Foundation have created exciting new avenues of investigation and novel findings in cancers of the head and neck and thyroid. Launched a new clinical research program in thyroid cancer. This research initiative will evaluate the psychosocial impact of early educational programs that are provided to patients and their families immediately following the diagnosis of these cancers.
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