I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a potential client of
The Moss Report on Cancer of the Thyroid or Thymus Gland. For over 35 years, it
has been my mission to educate and empower patients, including many with cancer
of these glands. I would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
There are four kinds of thyroid cancer. The most common by far is papillary. These represent about 75 percent of all thyroid cancers. Next comes follicular and/or Hurthle cell, which represents 15 percent
of incidence. In addition, there are medullary (7 percent) and anaplastic (1 percent). Just as most thyroid lesions are benign, most thyroid cancers are curable using conventional methods. We of course also deal with those situations in which conventional methods are not
cancer, or thymoma, it is tumor of the thymus gland, an organ that is part of
the lymphatic system and is located behind the breastbone. Thymomas are
generally composed of a mixture of epithelial cells and lymphocytes, these
often T-cells. The malignant, or cancerous, component is represented by the
epithelial cells. Thymomas are further subclassified as types A, AB, B1, B2, B3
and C. Only type C is technically speaking a carcinoma. It is more aggressive
than the other types.
Moss Report includes a discussion of these main varieties, as classified by the
World Health Organization (WHO, 1999) and other agencies. These are generally
classified by (a) cellular origin and (b) how those cells behave—ranging from
the least aggressive to the most malignant. The classification and grade of a
tumor may be used to predict its likely behavior. In cancer of the thyroid or
thymus, this is based on the microscopic appearance of the tumor tissue as
derived from a biopsy sample.
Over the years, my thinking about the overall category of cancer
of the thyroid or thymus has evolved considerably. I would like to share with
you some of the core beliefs I have developed about these types of cancer and
the recovery process.
In the Moss
Report on Cancer of the Thyroid and Thymus we fully deal with the conventional
treatments of this disease category. What are these? They mainly consist of
surgery, various types of radiation (including external beam, brachytherapy or
radioactive seeds, and proton beam therapy), as well as various types of
chemotherapy and ‘targeted’ agents. We
also discuss the issue of “watchful waiting” in cancer of the thyroid or
thymus. When might this be appropriate as an option?
We are not allied with any doctor, hospital or agency that
administers such treatments. This gives us the unusual ability to assess the
effectiveness of these treatments without any prejudice created by how we earn
our living. We combine this with a detailed knowledge of how these treatments
are actually administered and what they are likely to deliver.
conventional treatments of thyroid and thymus cancer definitely have their
place, and have often been instrumental in many cures, I also believe that
there are new treatments that offer hope to patients with cancers of the
thyroid or thymus, such as those involved in secondary prevention (i.e., to
ward off recurrences).
There also are scientifically valid treatments that come from
outside conventional Western medicine. These treatments offer hope of real and
substantial benefit to patients with cancer of the thyroid or thymus, even
those with advanced disease. In this Moss Report I will discuss the ones that I
believe are most promising and relevant. Some of the most promising involve the
medical use of heat and electricity, immunotherapy and virology.
Keep in mind that some of what are called “alternative treatments”
in the United States are accepted and used in other countries. Some treatments
for cancers of the thyroid or thymus are so embroiled in controversy that it is
difficult to arrive at objective information about their effectiveness. I have
done my best to reach a realistic judgment on many of these. Yet other
treatments and approaches appear worthless or even dangerous.
My goal is to
provide you with information as well as to convey a way of looking at these
questions that you can apply to other treatments. I hope to give you a compass
with which to evaluate the many conflicting treatment claims in the thyroid or
thymus cancer field and to help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let
my knowledge, objectivity, and experience help guide your journey!
I believe that overcoming one or another form of thyroid or thymus
cancer and remaining well is more than just a physical process. Of course,
medical treatments, such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as
more natural therapies, have their place in the treatment of this disease, and
you need scientific information to make rational decisions about them all. But
there is another dimension to the cancer problem. As one long-term survivor put
it, “Returning to a state of health is not just about having treatment; it
means dealing with the mental, emotional and the spiritual issues that tend to
manifest physically. It means asking, ‘Am I on the path that I want to be on?’
This Moss Report on Thyroid or Thymus Cancer is dedicated to
helping you to repair the breach that this cancer has created in your life. To
do so, you need to seek emotional healing as well. The attention you give these
less tangible areas can speed healing and enhance the effectiveness of your
physical treatments. But it can also serve as a profound source of strength,
peace, and inspiration for you. What we call body, mind, and spirit are
interwoven strands that form the whole person.