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Radioactive (Definition)

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


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Is radioactive thyroid treatment also done with a injection or do you have to take a pill?

Is radioactive thyroid treatment also done with a injection or do you have to take a pill?

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 more

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If a person has radioactive treatment of the thyroid, how long are they radioactive for, can it affect other people?

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

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If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

If I get thyroid cancer, would I be able to get rid of it using radioactive treatment?

Some cancers: Some cancers of the thyroid are functional and concentrate iodine. Such cancers are susceptible to treatment with radioactive iodine. The tumors that do not concentrate iodine would not be suitable for radio iodine treatment. ...Read more

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Is radioactive iodine a fairly safe treatment after total thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer? I'm 42 years old.

Very safe : Radioactive iodine is a very safe and effective treatment even in young patients. It is one of the easiest and effective cancer treatments available. ...Read more

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After radioactive iodine treatment is it common to need an increase in Synthroid (thyroxine) dose after all remaining thyroid tissue has been abblated?

After radioactive iodine treatment is it common to need  an increase in Synthroid (thyroxine) dose after all remaining thyroid tissue has been abblated?

right amount: After complete ablation of thyroid tissue body needs required amount of thyroid hormone for each person , so requirement will increase due to lack of own thyroid tissue , so synthroid (thyroxine) dose need to be adjusted ( increases ). ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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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