Can radiation therapy fix my overactive thyroid gland?

Yes. In the form of radioactive iodine 131 radiation is given by a one time capsule that targets the thyroid. This may overkill the gland and one then needs replacement medicine but at least the dose can be adjusted.
Yes. It is called radioactive iodine (i131). Another way to treat this is with thyroid suppression medication and surgery.

Related Questions

What kind of herbal or vegetables o lower the iodine produced by the overactive thyroid gland?

None. If you have an overactive thyroid, your thyroid gland is taking iodine from the blood stream and using it to make thyroid hormone. The thyroid is not producing iodine. Taking more iodine can make this worse. There are no herbal supplements known to decrease overproduction of thyroid hormone in this case, just medications. Read more...

Describe symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland?

A complex of symp. Irritability, emotional lability, anxiety, easy fatigability, excessive sweating, excess heart rate, heat intolerance, excess appetitite, weight loss, hyperdefecation, prominent eyeballs insome people , prominent thyroid in front of neck in some people which may be uniform and non uniform , tremors of hands, menstual irregularities-scanty or absent periods, gynaecomastiaand ed in men, increased urination. Read more...

How can the radioisotope iodine be used to identify and treat an overactive thyroid gland?

Uses thyroidfunction. The thyroid uses iodine to make thyroid hormone. Most of the iodine you get in food gets concentrated in the thyroid. It can't tell the difference between regular iodine and radioactive iodine. In diagnosis, the patient swallows a capsule of a weak radioisotope and then the amount the thyroid absorbs is measured. For treatment, a stronger isotope is used, and over time it destroys thyroid cells. Read more...

Could an overactive thyroid gland stunt growth, cause excessive saliva production or cause depression?

Not really. Decreased saliva production sometimes accompanies thyroid disease. Hyperthyoidism, or overactive thyroid, brings a different set of mouth and dental risks like: increased cavity development, enlarged extraglandular thyroid tissue at the back of the tongue and in the throat, rapid tooth growth in children and osteoporosis in the jaw are all risk factors. I hope this helps. Read more...

Can my hyperthyroidism come back even though I've already had radiation therapy?

It is possible. But very unlikely. A simple lab test can check the status of your thryoid hormones. Your endocrinologist or pcp can order that test for you. Read more...
Yes. Radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism has a 5-10% failure rate. Failure can be either persistent hyperthyroidism more than 6 months after treatment, or recurrent hyperthyroidism after a treatment resulted in hypothyroidism, as expected. Careful discussion with your doctor about risks and benefits of a second (or even third) radioactive iodine treatment vs surgery is needed. Read more...
Yes. Assuming you are talking about radioactive iodine, yes. When hyperactive thyroid is given iodine for treatment you hope for normalizing the function. But 25 percent of the time the hyper function can recur and retreatment is necessary. Read more...

Are piercings while having radiation therapy ok? I have my tungue & belly button pierced. I havent started treatment yet. Perotid gland cancer.

Parotid. Since the parotid gland is in the facial area I would not have your tongue pierced, as recently wounded tissue so near a radiation field may be affected. However a radiation oncologist is better qualified to answer your question. Read more...