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I had to take a radiation pill for thyroid cancer. I feel like my taste has changed? Things don't taste the same! will my taste return to normal?

I had to take a radiation pill for thyroid cancer. I feel like my taste has changed? Things don't taste the same! will my taste return to normal?

Most likely: Radioactive iodine treatment can affect the salivary glands and reduce the production of saliva. This is usually transient, but may take long time, depending on dose of radioactive iodine. ...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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My grandpa has thyroid cancer and i wanna ask if the cancer spreads, can radiation cure it?

My grandpa has thyroid cancer and i wanna ask if the cancer spreads, can radiation cure it?

Thyroid cancer: The most common types of thyroid cancer are treated with surgery and a dose of radio-iodine after the surgery (depending on certain features of the cancer). Radiation can be used in certain instances, but is not curative. Your grandfather's thyroid surgeon can help you with this question. ...Read more

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If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you ?

If you have 20% thyroid cancer and you do radiation it possible the cancer gone and also the thyroid make active again after a year thank you 
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Likely: There is no such thing as 20% cancer of anything. Thyroid cancer is often cured by surgery with or without radiation and if any of the gland remains, it usually returns to healthy function. ...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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Could you tell me why was thyroid cancer prevalant among the population that was exposed to radiation from the chernobyl disaster?

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?

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

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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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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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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?

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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If allergic to MRI dye will i be able to get radiation iodine for my thyroid cancer?

If allergic to MRI dye will i be able to get radiation iodine for my thyroid cancer?

It is ok: Always worth mentioning your allergy history when having a medical procedure done. But this should be ok as ablative iodine and MRI contrast should not be related. ...Read more

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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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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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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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I've had thyroid cancer 2 years ago, I take the name brand synthroid (thyroxine). Is it okay for me to take diet pills?

I've had thyroid cancer 2 years ago, I take the name brand synthroid (thyroxine). Is it okay for me to take diet pills?

No problem: Most thyroid cancers do well after surgery if nodes were neg. and age at surgery under 40. If all is well after surgery which removes a major part if not all of the thyroid, there is a tendency to have low levels of thyroxin requiring oral supplements and patients tend to put on wt. Taking diet pills may even be helpful if there was a significant wt. increase post surgery. ...Read more

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I need radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for the small RAI dose (before whole body scan) on 9/6 and the body scan is on 9/8. Is it adequate to do the scan 2 days after the pill? Isn't the scan is usually after 24 hours?

I need radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. I am scheduled for the small RAI dose (before whole body scan) on 9/6 and the body scan is on 9/8. Is it adequate to do the scan 2 days after the pill? Isn't the scan is usually after 24 hours?

Scan: Yes it is adequate to do the scan two days apart. There is more information to be had when the two studies are completed and discussed with with your thyroid specialist. Please let me know how things go. PS: The medical facilities in Philadelphia are superb. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that presents 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