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Could Radioactive Seed Treatment Cause Problems For My Pet
No: When having seed implants for the prostate the rules are very minimal. Usually consisting of do not allow children or pregnant women on your lap or very close to you except for brief periods. Depending on the seed type this is for 2 to 6 months. Calculate the age equivelant of your pet and follow the same rules. For example no puppy or kitten on your lap for the same time period. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Radioactivity refers to the particles which are emitted from nuclei as a result of nuclear instability. Because the nucleus experiences the intense conflict between the two strongest forces in nature, it should not be surprising that there are many nuclear isotopes which are unstable and emit some kind of radiation. The most common types of radiation are called alpha, ...Read more
Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.
Indirectly related: It would be very unlikely for the radioactive iodine to induce acne, but another change that probably happened around the same time is taking thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone tablets could affect the balance between estrogen and testosterone, by changing the amount of sex hormone binding protein made by the liver. Lab tests could help your doctor know if this was causing your acne. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It is with pill only: Radioactive pill contains i-131 isotope containing radioactive iodine. Iodine is only needed by thyroid gland no other organs uses iodine.So once you swallow i-131 pill radioactive isotope labelled iodine absorbed from stomach and intestine and from blood it is trapped by thyroid gland to its maximum capacity and res is excreted by kidney into urine., and that is reason pt. Has to flush toilet ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a person has radioactive treatment of the thyroid, how long are they radioactive for, can it affect other people?
It depends: It depends on the dose and the people you want to protect and the duration of proximity with the people. Higher the dose, recent the dose and younger the people and too close the proximity and longer the contact will affect proportionately. The biological half life I-131 is only couple of days to one week. So use your judgement. There is no need to worry unless you are breast feeding an infant . ...Read more
What to if I am having radioactive iodine 131 treatment in two weeks, does anyone have any tips for me?
Follow instruction: Just follow the instructions from your doctor, and from the nuclear medicine docs. You may have been given written instructions. Read them. Avoid dietary iodine. Follow instructions on medications, esp thyroid-related drugs (methimazole, levothyroxine, etc). If this is for graves disease, you may want to take/resume a b-blocker after the treatment since T4 and T3 may increase transiently. ...Read more
Radioactive iodine: Eat low i foods and avoid high i products (kelp, certain vitamins, certain cold/cough remedies). Is this for hyperthryroidism or cancer? If for hyperthyroidism, you need to wait 3-4 days, and then you can resume your (other) treatments, eg methimazole. But discuss this with your doctor. It may take 3-4 months for the rai to ablate the thyroid. Watch for symptoms of hypo. ...Read more
RAI : Hi. Was the 131-I for hyperthyroidism or for thyroid cancer? Once your hypothyroidism is treated and you stably have normal thyroid function (or slightly hyper if thyroid cancer), you're good to get back to your pre-illness workout routine. Be patient...you've been thru a lot. But go for it. You'll get back in your groove. To your health! ...Read more
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