Some Thyroid Cancer Patients May Get Radioactive Iodine Unnecessarily

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Wed Aug 17, 2011 02:38 PM

I find this intresting but I am wondering why everyone does not get the treament... Seems to me if everyone did then the cure rate would be much higher then it is now.


Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:31 AM

I underwent the radioactive iodine treatment following surgery after being diagnosed with only stage 1 thyroid cancer.  I believe that it is better to be safe than sorry.  I experienced no ill side effects from this treatment.

Thu Aug 18, 2011 01:37 PM

Since I had my initial diagnosis in 1984 and thyroid removed in January of 1985 with no RAI follow-up; yet had a recurrence in September of 2009 (23 years later) I think if you want a true picture you would have to expand the research to cover a longer period. The side effects of one RAI treatment are very minimal and would increase the chances of patients not having a recurrence. I agree with charlie3 "better safe than sorry".

Fri Apr 06, 2012 03:34 PM

Dr. Haymart was one of my doctors when I had my thyoid removed. I was stage 1, but because of other factors she did recommend I have RAI treatment. 

That was just over a year ago and this past week I started having complications with my salivary glads. Hopefully they will pass, but as the article mentions, there are risks involved.

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