Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

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by Grammie1946 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 07:42 PM

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I'm not sure if my mother told me this, but someone did. It was that we would either be mentally retarded or a dwarf if we didn't have it done. Now, that would certainly be enough to scare parents.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by mowatsart on Sun Aug 03, 2014 03:13 AM

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On Jul 15, 2014 1:11 PM jkliman wrote:

On Jul 15, 2014 10:22 AM lsecrist0920 wrote:

I dont know a lawyer at this point but we should find one.

One place to start in terms of a law firm is to look for a national firm that has handled other class action suits. There is a big class action suit right now for wire mesh that was implanted for things like hernia repair. For those interested in pursuing this some online research would probably reveal some law firms. The University of Rochester has information about 2300 participants that were in a 30 year follow up study. I posted information about the study in previous posts. One thing that might be helpful for this group is to have a database of names, addresses, emails so we know who is here. And Brenda, if you are still hanging out here it would be helpful if you shared any conclusions or research that you have found. The U of R study did reveal that there was an increased risk of breast and thyroid cancer in those who radiated. The study followed a child that was radiated and a sibling that was not. If there is enough interest in pursuing legal action we should form a committee and start researching law firms. I would be willing to help. If a law firm feels there is enough money to be made they will do a lot of the research. Joyce

Hello,

I was born in Vancouver General hospital in Vancouver BC in December 1948. About 25 years ago a biopsy of a nodule found in my thyroid was done. The biopsy part was fine but because of my young age, they suggested I have my thyroid removed just in case they missed something on the other side. It was at that time that the specialist informed me that the hospital was routinely radiating infants born in my era and that those that they did that to were coming back with thyroid problems.

I opted to keep my thyroid and try the natural Rout. During most of those 25+ years I have had unwarranted metabolism and weight problems, muscle aches, joint aches, fibromyalgia, inflammation in various areas, brain fog and sleep problems. Anything around my neck and certain ways my head is positioned make me feel like I am choking. I seem to have always something syndrome and it makes for a poor quality of life. I have only had one mammogram in my life and I wasn't too fussy about that. I am 65 now and if there is something negative going on in my body I choose not to dignify it with a name or title but that is just me.

Please keep me informed of any actions because I believe it was so wrong for the infants to be used as Guiney pigs!

 

 

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by mowatsart on Sun Aug 03, 2014 03:14 AM

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On Jul 15, 2014 1:11 PM jkliman wrote:

On Jul 15, 2014 10:22 AM lsecrist0920 wrote:

I dont know a lawyer at this point but we should find one.

One place to start in terms of a law firm is to look for a national firm that has handled other class action suits. There is a big class action suit right now for wire mesh that was implanted for things like hernia repair. For those interested in pursuing this some online research would probably reveal some law firms. The University of Rochester has information about 2300 participants that were in a 30 year follow up study. I posted information about the study in previous posts. One thing that might be helpful for this group is to have a database of names, addresses, emails so we know who is here. And Brenda, if you are still hanging out here it would be helpful if you shared any conclusions or research that you have found. The U of R study did reveal that there was an increased risk of breast and thyroid cancer in those who radiated. The study followed a child that was radiated and a sibling that was not. If there is enough interest in pursuing legal action we should form a committee and start researching law firms. I would be willing to help. If a law firm feels there is enough money to be made they will do a lot of the research. Joyce

Hello,

I was born in Vancouver General hospital in Vancouver BC in December 1948. About 25 years ago a biopsy of a nodule found in my thyroid was done. The biopsy part was fine but because of my young age, they suggested I have my thyroid removed just in case they missed something on the other side. It was at that time that the specialist informed me that the hospital was routinely radiating infants born in my era and that those that they did that to were coming back with thyroid problems.

I opted to keep my thyroid and try the natural Rout. During most of those 25+ years I have had unwarranted metabolism and weight problems, muscle aches, joint aches, fibromyalgia, inflammation in various areas, brain fog and sleep problems. Anything around my neck and certain ways my head is positioned make me feel like I am choking. I seem to have always something syndrome and it makes for a poor quality of life. I have only had one mammogram in my life and I wasn't too fussy about that. I am 65 now and if there is something negative going on in my body I choose not to dignify it with a name or title but that is just me.

Please keep me informed of any actions because I believe it was so wrong for the infants to be used as Guiney pigs!

Kind regards,

Linda

 

 

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by Gypsygg on Sat Aug 16, 2014 05:23 PM

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In 1946 I received ten weekly treatments of radiation for an enlarged thymus gland.  My mother reported that I was having difficulty breathing.  In 1971 was diagnosed with papillary cancer of one lobe.  Doctor removed both for a total removal, stating that it was only a matter of time until cancer would appear in the second lobe.  Have done well over the years with daily Synthroid.  Now am having difficulty breathing again and was diagnosed with severe emphysema by a pulmonologist after having had a spirometry test.  Having a CT scan next week.  Am expecting to hear that lungs are damaged from the early radiation.

Is there anyone else who had this treatment who is now experiencing difficulty with deep breathing?  I would like to hear.

Thank you.

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by mowatsart on Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:36 AM

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On Jul 29, 2014 7:42 PM Grammie1946 wrote:

I'm not sure if my mother told me this, but someone did. It was that we would either be mentally retarded or a dwarf if we didn't have it done. Now, that would certainly be enough to scare parents.
Sure would be enough to scare parents! Many scare tactics are being used today like the "C" word. My mother is no longer with us so I can't say why it was done but apparently it was routine. Most of my family is short and I turned out to be the runt at 4'10".
Regards,
Linda

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by JUDIANNE on Thu Aug 28, 2014 04:16 AM

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THANKS SO MUCH!

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by Lynnf on Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:15 PM

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I had pheumonia and asthma as an infant and my parents were told radiation would fix it. I had parotid cancer when I was 8 and a very agressive form 7 years ago that was treated with radiation and chemo. 

I've always had problems with my teeth and it has gotten worse after the last cancer.

I want to purse getting a lot of dental work and believe that medical insurance should help cover it.  I'm wondering if anyone else has had problems with their mouth after the childhood radiation. 

Thanks!  

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by janebelling on Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:51 PM

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Have to say of the four siblings in my family I was the only one with teeth problems. No cavities but teeth would break off eating a soft peanut butter sandwich . The breaks would be below the gum line resulting in root canals and crowns. Not sure if the radiation was the problem to the fact that I was the only one who was not living in a natural fluoride area when the adult tooth buds formed. I also has strange enamel on my teeth. My brother is a dentist and he always said my enamel looked like a sandblaster was used on them. Again have no idea why the other three have beautiful enamel and no crowns, root canals or cavities . I guess I will wonder if the radiation therapy had a hand in that.

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by erbsen on Fri Aug 29, 2014 04:22 AM

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Hi Jane Belling:

I'm a dentist in my early 70's living in LA area.   I had an enlarged thymus as an infant I was told.   It stopped my breathing my mother told me later.  Had the radiation.  So far no thyroid cancer, etc.

    The issue of your teeth-As an example that proves nothing I have a patient exactly like you in that his brothers all have great teeth and he got the dirty end of stick-all kinds of dental problems.  We have just chalked it up to his bad luck with genetics and I would tend to think that is what it is with your case.  doubt the radiation had anything to do with it.    Just my opinion,

All the best,

Barry

RE: Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

by janebelling on Fri Aug 29, 2014 03:52 PM

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I agree with you never really gave it much thought. If it had not been mentioned in a prior post it would never have crossed my mind. In my mind it is no different then my youngest sister needing glasses at a very young age and the rest of us didn't need them until we hit our late forties. Just luck of the draw.
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