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Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

Can cell phone radiation cause thyroid cancer?

No: There has not been any proof of electromagnetic waves given off of cell phones cause any type of cancer. The cancer most debated is brain cancer and no statistical cause is yet identified. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Can exposure to  radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

unlikely: Thyroid cancers are not rare. All lasers used on people have to be approved by the fda to be safe in regards to radiation exposure. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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! ...Read more

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Can there be any way to reduce side effects of external radiation for thyroid cancer?

Can there be any way to reduce side effects of external radiation for thyroid cancer?

Usually EBRT: Is used after i-131 has not worked completely, and the effects are due to attempt to treat nodal structures in close proximity to oral and swallowing structures. As with other head and neck cancers, pain medicines, a gastric tube to feed, and occasionally Amifostine is employed (i never use it, more toxic than beneficial), but discuss your concern with the radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

I have to be isolated after radiation treatment of thyroid cancer? What do I do?

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 ...Read more

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Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? Im worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? Im worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Yes: Thyroid cancer can come back. That is why it is important to have continued follow-up with your doctor to make sure your TSH suppression, surveillance imaging and blood work is performed to monitor for signs of recurrence. ...Read more

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How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

Unusual: In most cases, external beam should be considered only if i-131 and surgery have failed. Targeting a single brain or bone lesion with external beam can be done, usually with limited side effects, but the goal is usually not for cure in those cases. Depending on the specifics, some thought should be given to a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a third-line treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

What to do if I have external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

Follow: The treatment for a primary thyroid malignancy is surgical resection. Radiation is employed if after a lymph node resection there is a question of any residual cancer cells. RAI is employed if there is residual thyroid tissue or remnant of thyroid Ca where the iodine localizes in remaining tissue. External beam is used for cells left behind in neck. Follow up exam and scans needed. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why was thyroid cancer prevalant among the population that was exposed to radiation from the chernobyl disaster?

Radioactive iodine: A low level of radioactive iodine was released during the chernobyl meltdown. Both normal and radioactive iodine collect in the thyroid. Particularly for children in that area at that time, there has been a small but significant increase in the development of thyroid cancer. Interestingly, after thyroid surgery, the most common therapy to cure thyroid cancer is a strong dose of radioactive iodine. ...Read more

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What to do if I had thyroid cancer 23 years ago and my thyroid was removed but I did not have radiation does this mean it has come back?

No: thyroid cancer behaves differently at different ages. If one is in the 60's and has a thyroidectomy for cancer, frequently the lesion is locally aggressive invading the larynx and making surgery very difficult. When you had your tumor removed at age 18, even in the face of metastasis to many cervical nodes, resection without radiation is virtually curative. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Thyroid cancer arises in the thyroid gland. It usually presents as a painless thyroid nodule. Most are papillary-follicular type and have a very good prognosis. Less common are medullary cancers, with an intermediate prognosis. Anaplastic cancers of the thyroid have a poor prognosis and are uncommon. Treatment of thyroid cancers involves removal ...Read more


Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more