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What Doess Cancerous Thyroid Look Like On A Scan
Preferentially: A radio-iodine scan identifies any tissue that absorbs iodine and will preferentially "light up" any thyroid tissue. Metastatic thyroid cancer (outside the thyroid) will often take-up iodine, although to a lesser extent. Therefore, in order for a scan to effectively identify cancer 'elsewhere', all of the normal thyroid gland must be removed first. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can the i-123 whole body scan tell also if thyroid cells(cancerous & noncancerous) will uptake the i-131 during the rai treatment?(pap thyroid cancer)
I've been told my right eye droops a bit, but does not look like myasthenia gravis. Thyroid test clear. I read it can be cancer from nerves?
See eye doctor: You need to talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more
Is thyroid cancer notorious for hiding anywhere in the body? Is that why I have to get follow up whole body iodine scans?
Common: Most people who have had thyroid cancer are "survivors", since it is very uncommon to die of thyroid cancer. Full body scans are typically done to see if there is any evidence for thyroid cancer elsewhere in the body. You need to be on a low iodine diet for 2 weeks beforehand, and typically it is done after receiving thyrogen for 2 days. ...Read more
2 weeks on low iodine diet for thyroid cancer whole body scan. Is vegan food ok during diet since it contains no dairy?
Scan was done on thyroid 5 yrs ago one nodule said ot was ok no syptoms until a few m o nths ago when swallowing chances of it be cancer now?
3-4 weeks: Remnant ablation requires high levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (tsh), which will require one to be "hypothyroid". This means that synthroid needs to be stopped for approximately 3 weeks in order to achieve these elevated TSH values. For those that cannot tolerate being so hypothyroid, there is a recombinant human TSH that can be given, but this is very expensive and rarely covered expense. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My endo want to do whole body scan with i-123 before having me go on rai for pap thyroid cancer. Shouldn't he do the rai first &whole body scan later?
Depends: It sounds like you are having rai now because you didn't do it initially, rather than having it to treat recurrent disease. It is reasonable to do the scan first to assess how much thyroid tissue is left in your neck, and whether there is evidence of disease elsewhere in your body. The dose of rai would then be adjusted by the findings. ...Read more
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