Thyroid Cancer Novel and Film: The Fault in Our Stars by Josh Green
- Josh Green’s novel — and recent film — The Fault In Our Stars is a new classic of young adult fiction.
- Hazel is an intensely likable 16-year-old, who charms you even while she explains, stoically, that she is dying of thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and is slowly making it impossible for her to breathe.
- Green’s book gets the technical details right.
- Essentially everything medical that happens to Hazel really does happen to a very small percentage of patients with thyroid cancer.
- It is remarkably rare for thyroid cancer to progress to life-threatening complications.
- The large majority of patients are diagnosed at stage 1, and for them the 5-year death rate is indistinguishable from the general population.
- This is not the usual outcome with thyroid cancer as most are low risk and do not decrease survival.