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131 radiation for thyroid cancer caused problems in my parotid gland. fna reveals cyst and tumor of partoid gland. what should i do. remove or watch?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Discuss with Dr: We can't really advise about that since we are not fully familiar with all the details of your case. You should discuss your options with your doctor. It would be reasonable to get a second opinion, too.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Benign tumor?: Hi. I'm sorry about the parotid gland; usually the lemon drops during the therapy period prevent that. I am assuming it's not a malignant tumor, or your doc would have already told you it needs to come out (I've never seen sialadenitis from 131-I cause cancer). Confer with the ENT surgeon you're seeing about risks vs. benefits of removal. Good luck!

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