Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

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by Grammie1946 on Fri Aug 29, 2014 09:55 PM

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I guess I am lucky that the cancer didn't hit me until I was 67.  I had my double mastectomy 11 days ago and prayerfully they have gotten all the cancer.  I have been plagued with auto-immune diseases for over 15 years-fibro myalgia, migraine, ibs, problems with my tear ducts, sclerosing mesenteritis.  I don't know if I've named them all or not, but al least I am alive!  It could have been a lot worse.  I think overall I have been blessed.

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by nearwildheaven on Tue Sep 02, 2014 04:53 AM

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I'm interested in medical history, and found this message board while doing a little Googling on this subject.  I vaguely remember hearing somewhere that there was a state that almost passed a bill requiring radiation of the thymus for school attendance; I cannot find any evidence of this online but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.  Has anyone else heard of this?

I was born after this issue was debunked.

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by wedgyt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 08:54 AM

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I was told that at the age of 4-6 months symptoms where strangulation due to enlarged thymus gland that was not naturally decreasing in size but enlarging in size.  Family lived in small college town near the Tx/NM boarder so was flown to a hospital that nolonger exsists to have 3-5 treatments.  Was told after treatments it appeared as if I had severe sun burn, and this condition had to resolve (ie, redness resolve, skin peel, elevated temp) before returning for additional treatments. I have sense always tested with low thyroid levels and told most likely due to above treatments.

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by robinlynn5 on Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:16 AM

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On Feb 03, 2011 9:23 PM BAguirre wrote:

Hello, my name is Brenda and Im researching Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland in 1940's & 1950's. I have some questions for anybody who was radiated during these times for enlarged thymus gland.

What were your symptoms?

Were your parents given a different diagnosis?

How did your parents discover the actual diagnosis?

How many radiation treatments were given? Every how often?

 

Hi,

I was born  10/29/51 with an enlarged thymus gland. My mother told me I was a 'blue baby' and that she had taken me for radiation for a few short weeks, and that was that. Both parents are gone now so can't get the answers specific to your questions.  Never had cancer although I do have a few nodules around thyroid now, doctors says they're becoming smaller and he's keeping an eye on them.  Does any one suspect that the radiation damaged their metabolism or other organ that would create a lifetime of increasing obesity?  Even with dieting, my weight has not wanted to let go, not even with a lap band a few yrs back.  

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by robinlynn5 on Sat Oct 18, 2014 07:34 PM

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On Feb 03, 2011 9:23 PM BAguirre wrote:

Hello, my name is Brenda and Im researching Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland in 1940's & 1950's. I have some questions for anybody who was radiated during these times for enlarged thymus gland.

What were your symptoms?

Were your parents given a different diagnosis?

How did your parents discover the actual diagnosis?

How many radiation treatments were given? Every how often?

 

I just came across this NIH manuscript on this topic indicating the Jewish religion as a risk factor although I'm not clear if its specific to risk factor for enlarged thymus or resulting thyroid cancer.  I am Jewish. A short recap from previous post: born 10/29/51, 'blue baby', received a few wks of radiation shortly after birth.  No cancer although do have some nodules developed during last 2-3 yrs although decreasing in size. Doctor not overly concerned but has me coming in every 6-8 mos to check. Link to manuscript:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080025/

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by Grammie1946 on Sat Oct 18, 2014 08:15 PM

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I don't have anymore information about my treatment. I didn't think to ask more questions when my mother told me that I had had the radiation. It was in referencetoa Marcus Welby show about the subject and my parents have been gone for years. I also had my thyroid removed in 1983 for the same reason, but it was done as an infant and not because of any law. I am from IL.

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by jeangnome on Sun Jan 25, 2015 02:05 AM

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I was also born in Martins Ferry Hospital and received radiation for enlarged thymus gland in 1946. Not sure how many treatments I got. I've struggled with weight problems my whole life even though I'm not a big eater. I also have many auto-immune problems such as plaque psoriasis, osteo-arthritis and persistent hypertension. When I was in high school, I would come straight home from school and go right to bed. I was still gaining weight even though I was existing on one meal a day. My mother took me to the doctor and he prescribed thyroid replacement meds. which seemed to work. I had no more problems until I was in my late 20s or early 30s when the arthritis set in. The majority of my ailments began after I had a complete hysterectomy.

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by jeangnome on Mon Feb 16, 2015 02:11 PM

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On Nov 27, 2012 11:24 AM tlowe6 wrote:

I was treated in 1952 with radiation on my thymus gland.I was only told it was for shrinking the thymus gland. My thymus gland was large according to Drs. I was a new born when done.I dont know how many treatments where given.I was born in Martins Ferry Ohio hospital.I have just recently found out I have double pnuomia and do not have enough t cells to fight off lung infections.I will have to have treatments that could cost 20,00-30,000 per month.The "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://month.The " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">month.The dr said I will not be able to fight off infections( I have had double pnuomia for several months now cant get rid of it). Thanks Twila

Hello, I too was born in Martins Ferry Ohio Hospital. Because I had some breath holding incidents while in hosital nursery, the doctor diagnosed enlarge thymus and I was given radiation treatments. I assume it was soon after I was born in 1946 and my mother told me she had to ride the bus everyday to take me for treatments. I was never told how long the treatments lasted or how many I had. I'm convinced the medical profession had no clue what they were doing and a whole generation were treated as guinea pigs and then suffered the consequences because of it. I have been luckier, than most, I guess. So far, I'm 68, and am cancer free. I've had auto-immune problems most of my life though. I've had osteo-arthritis since my early 30s, psoriasis for about 20yrs., and lung problems for many years.

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by erbsen on Mon Feb 16, 2015 04:41 PM

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I was born and raised in LA.   Had radiation to enlarged thymus as infant.  My only concern all these many years has been throid cancer.  I've had MD keep eye on that with palpation when get physical exam.  So far so good.  I'm 74 years old.  born 1940.

Have had asthma since young on and off and have lung problems now but does not keep me from mountain biking and going to gym almost every day.  Use sprays, both albuterol and symbacort, fairly regularly.  It's annoying but for me quite livable.

Barry 

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by smoothmtlion on Tue Feb 17, 2015 06:28 AM

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well i had the done in 1953, in anaconda mt. and had weight problems cuz of thyroid, they didn't tell you they were radiating that to, so i was 47 i had stage 6 thyroid cancer, and then not 4 months later i had to have an artificial heart put in, then five months later, 5-1-02, i had to have a heart transplant full, had so many broken bones through out my life, like 17 arm fractures, 7 leg, 88 total broken ribs one time or another, broken pelvis, and my elbows dislacated all the time, i had so many i could popl them back myself but that is severe pain and then in 2013 i had to have a squamous cell carcinoma taken out of my right lung, when they did that some intestines ruptured, and lost 14 feet of the, all together, fixing all the collaterals, 60 surgeries on the nose, sixty of them, cancer free at the moment took three years to come back from all the other surgery well 2 full years but am healthy again not know for how long, but what a life, was really common in my area, and all my info came from my doctor and endocrinolotist that found me on a list of blind patients recieving the radiation, myself i got my first dose nine hours worth on the day of my birth,

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