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Iodine For Fibroids
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more
Used as treatment: Your thyroid gland uses iodine to produce thyroid hormone. If you have an over-active thyroid gland, one option is to remove/destroy part of the gland. if radioacive iodine is given, the gland will take it up and will be damaged by the radiation, thus reducing the amount of hormone produced. after this occurs, some patients then have too little thyroid and need to take thyroid pills. ...Read more
How do doctors know if thyroid cells(cancerous and non) take up the radioactive iodine after rai treatment for papillary thyroid cancer?
No: I would highly recommend removing them laparoscopically (minimally invasive approach). Although this method is more difficult to perform, for the patients, there will be great benefit (cosmetically small pleasing scars, 2 week recovery, less pain, quicker return to work). Please do your homework and find a skilled laparoscopic surgeon. The differences are night and day! ...Read more
Is radiation be used to treat uterine cancer? After a hysterectomy, will i still need radiation treatments for uterine cancer?
Possible: You should discuss with your oncologist and gynecologist but what steps are required after hysterectomy depend on how advanced the cancer is when it is discovered. If it is confined to the uterus often a hysterectomy is all that is needed. If it is spread outside the uterus other treatments may be needed. ...Read more
Are thyrogen injections safe? I will be given a total of 2 shots prior to being admitted for radioactive iodine tx due to papillary thyroid cancer.
Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.
Radioactive iodine: It is safe and effective. It has been used millions of times and the side effects are low. It is being used more judiciously recently based on 2015 ATA guidelines. Low risk cancers don't usually need RAI. Intermediate risk can benefit from a low dose to ablate the thyroid remnant. High risk benefit from conventional RAI 70-100+ mCi. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different options: Treatment options:1- watchful waiting for minimal fibroid symptoms or when nearing menopause. 2- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). Birth control hormones (pill, patch, or ring), an intrauterine device, progestin shot (depo-provera) every 3 months for the heavy bleeding, 3- surgical removal for large symptomatic fibroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What determines the dose of radioactive iodine that one receives for remnant ablation and treatment for papillary thyroid cancer? I received 100millic
Probability to recur: The dose of rai is typically based on the predicted probability of thyroid cancer recurrence. People with stage 1 or 2 disease are typically given lower dosages (30-100 mci). Stage 3 or 4 would receive higher (100-150). Recent studies are looking more at 30 mci to ablate most lower risk patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer