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A 39-year-old member asked:

i have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? what do i do?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Just chill: I think this is mostly done out of fear of tort liability. Folks are scared of radiation - and rightly so, but I don't think you're really a danger to anyone. Congratulations on having your disease diagnosed and effectively treated. Best wishes for a happy and cancer-free future

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Why are people placed in isolation when they have thyroid cancer?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Radiation Treatment: Treatment for the most common kinds of thyroid cancer may include swallowing a capsule with radioactive iodine. Much of the radiation from this goes to any remaining thyroid cells after surgery. Some leaves the body, however, and could affect anyone near them. Since others do not benefit from this radiation, we try to keep their exposure as low as possible. Keep your distance for 3-7 days.

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