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Can your thyroid return to normal after radiation treatment?

Can your thyroid return to normal after radiation treatment?

No: If it is radiation to the thyroid, it never becomes normal and need to have life long thyroid supplementation. ...Read more

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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


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Thyroid removed, radiation treatment taken. Normal TSH today went from .9 to 14.26. Normal t3, (liothyronine) T4 should I be worried. Take tirosint 150 mcg ?

Thyroid removed, radiation treatment taken. Normal TSH today went from .9 to 14.26. Normal t3, (liothyronine) T4 should I be worried.  Take tirosint 150 mcg ?

No need to worry: The TSH may fluctuate due to many factors like the introduction of new vitamins early am protein shakes with vitamins, different brands , missing a few caps or another meds like anti-acids close to the time of taking tirosint. Take it well and get TSH checked again in 6 weeks. Do check your thyroglobulin now it will reflect a stimulated thyroglobulin as if you had hypothyroidism and or thyrogen. ...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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How safe is external-beam radiation treatment for thyroid cancer?

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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Can radiation therapy fix my overactive thyroid gland?

Yes: In the form of radioactive iodine 131 radiation is given by a one time capsule that targets the thyroid. This may overkill the gland and one then needs replacement medicine but at least the dose can be adjusted. ...Read more

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Had 1951 pediatric radiation treatments for a sarcoma on the right mandible. It caused hearing loss, thyroid, dental problems. How should I handle it?

Had 1951 pediatric radiation treatments for a sarcoma on the right mandible. It caused hearing loss, thyroid, dental problems. How should I handle it?

Need more info : Having radiation treatment in the jaw can lead to numerous complications. Especially at an early age. Growth influence possible. Living into sixties is a blessing and tribute to your medical care. However need more information about what dental problems you are experiencing. Caries, tooth loss, dry mouth, bite problems, etc. ...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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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more