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How safe is radiation iodine treatment after a thyroidectomy.

How safe is radiation iodine treatment after a thyroidectomy.

Safe: Treatment with radioactive iodine is common after thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. It decreases the chance of recurrent disease significantly. It is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is a dry mouth due to less saliva production. Radiation exposure to your body is relatively low. The chance of radiation side effects is related to the dose. ...Read more

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I recently had a total thyroidectomy and radiation treatments for cancer. Should i receive the flu vaccine?

I recently had a total thyroidectomy and radiation treatments for cancer.  Should i receive the flu vaccine?

Yes: Flu shots are good for everybody..But it is getting late for this year as flu is not a big problem from now until next winter. ...Read more

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What does it mean I had thyroid cancer and I had a thyroidectomy had radiation therapy was diagnosed with hashimoto thyroiditis now I have 2cm growth?

What does it mean I had thyroid cancer and I had a  thyroidectomy had radiation therapy was diagnosed with hashimoto thyroiditis now I have 2cm growth?

Biopsy: If you have hashimoto's thyroiditis, then your thyroglobulin antibodies are elevated making it harder to use thyroglobulin to monitor for thyroid cancer recurrent. With a new growth, you will need a biopsy to make sure the cancer is not coming back. At this point, you should have an endocrinologist, a surgeon and possibly a radiation oncologist on your team. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

I have a question regarding radiation brain, although I have only received RAI. Since my total thyroidectomy and radioiodine treatment two years ago, I feel as if my brain is mush. Brain fog, short-term memory loss, inability to focus/take in new informat

Check your levels: Have your ENT or Endocrinologist check your thyroid levels, etc - they may be the culprit. It's a common complaint: https://www.inspire.com/groups/thyca-thyroid-cancer-survivors-association/discussion/memory-loss-after-thyroidectomy/ When you achieve the proper level (or as close as possible) I expect you'll feel these troubles minimize or go away. Best! ...Read more

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Which is more effective? A radioactive pill or a thyroidectomy?

Either one works: If you have hyperthyroidism from Graves disease, either treatment works well. There are potential complications from surgery, although less if you have an experienced surgeon who specializes in thyroid surgery. RAI works with one treatment most of the time for Graves. Talk to your Endocrinologist and go with his/her advice. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Do you think I should go with radioactive pill or thyroidectomy? Which one is less dangerous

Talk to your doc: The choice of treatment encompasses many factors; talk to your endocrinologist. One big factor: who would do the surgery? Complications of surgery are lower with someone who does a lot of thyroid surgery, rather than a case now and then. If you have graves eye disease, surgery may be preferred over rai. ...Read more

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I still have swallowing difficulties after getting a thyroidectomy 17years ago! i often get close to chocking with pills...What can I do to help?

I still have swallowing difficulties after getting a thyroidectomy 17years ago! i often get close to chocking with pills...What can I do to help?

LERD +/- Dysphagia: Exposure of vocal cords to acid & pepsin may result in inflammation of the cords (as with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & higher risk of throat cancer. Strictures (narrowings of esophagus from scarring) & dysmotility may also cause your symptoms. Get checked. ...Read more

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Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Can you tell me diets after thyroidectomy?

Anything fine: After a thyroidectomy there is generally restriction on what you can and cannot eat. Generally you may have some neck soreness immediately post-op which may be better to eat soft foods or liquids, but this should resolve in a day or two. ...Read more

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What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

What foods to avoid after a total thyroidectomy?

Thyroidectomy diet: "there are no uniform general dietary restrictions for patients who have had thyroid surgery, however your surgeon may ask you to temporarily institute a low iodine diet if you need to receive radio-iodine treatment for cancer after thyroidectomy." http://www.Utsouthwestern.Edu/utsw/cda/dept48055/files/317737.Html. ...Read more

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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more