Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

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

by lamaj on Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:47 AM

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I may be the oldest responders. I was born in 1938. My mother said that I made a lot of snoring noises when asleep. The doctor at a well known Philadelphia hospital said that my thymus was enlarged and that I needed radiation to shrink it. The doctors should have known that ALL babies have an enlarged thymus.

I now have hypothyroidism, I am pre -diabetic, and have a neuromuscular disorder unknown what or why. Basil cell cancer from sun and other rashes. I have double vision, hearing loss,andmouth sores.

have some sort of 

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

by robinlynn5 on Tue Apr 14, 2015 01:17 AM

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Hi lamaj

How much of the conditions you have today do you in heart of hearts, attribute to the radiation?  Are you disabled due to the neuromusclar disorder? About your mouth sores, if you're referring to canker sores and they're triggered by an impaired immune system, stress or fatigue, or ironically, radiation treatment for your basil cell cancer, buy yourself Canker Sores Begone Stick either at a local Sprouts Farmers Market or online, www.cankersoresbegone.com .  It heals them up in a day or two.  About your cancer, please go to youtube and watch anything named 'The Truth About Cancer' or has the name 'Ty Bollinger'.  You can heal that thing and not get yourself killed from the treatments.  I did a search for you, here's a few episodes of the 11 part documentary they just had on this weekend:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR8SQzCJK0Q&list=PLhihsm

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

by glenndsj on Fri Apr 17, 2015 01:36 AM

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In 1949, between the age of 1 and 3 months, I was given an "xray treatment" for enlarged thymus gland. Crying and difficulty breathing (thus difficulty eating) were the symtoms. My mother "thinks" it was only one treatment. Because of my age, the radiologist refused to perform the treatment. My pediatrician then took over because he felt it was necessary for my life. I hope your research has continued. I just "googled" it today.

April 16, 2015

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

by chattyjack on Wed Sep 09, 2015 04:55 AM

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I was born in February of 1952 and had this therapy. Obviously I was to small to know symptoms. The Dr. told my Mom that I had an enlarged thymus gland and needed this done for profusely throwing up. In 1976 I had an exam by an Endocrynologist who said the nodule he found in my neck needed a biopsy done. The nodule was benign but the thyroids had cancer. I had no other therapies at that time just Levoxyl and calcium tabs for a calcium deficency due to a nicked para-thyroid along with Vit D. Then in 2012 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had a chemo, double mastectomy, then radiation. My surgeon said that none of the above things had anything to do with my BC and it was random but, my Oncologist said it may very well had something to do with this. I was tested for Brca 1 & 2 but I am not positive. My Geneticist says it may be identified in years to come but as of today I am cancer free for 3+ years. 

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

by Joheff on Sun Sep 13, 2015 06:57 PM

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My radiation was sometime after August 1950. Don't have any other info. Other than my mother was an X-ray technician and told me somewhere on my middle adult years about this having been done. And told me to inform any doctor I visited. I thought she was making too much of it from her former profession. It only came up as I pushed my new doctors (in a new health care system I had joined) to look further into my debilitating fatigue. I got to an endocrinologist. At first it appeared nothing new would come of the visit until I half heartedly told what my mother had told me years before. That changed everything. It has been a snow balling running downhill and building to an avalanche since. I now have an extensive medical history of tumors, cysts, nodules, polyps, etc. As well as osteoporosis and high LDL despite treatments-these two were the only problems except asthma I felt I had until then. I feel exhausted just writing all this; but I want to express my gratitude (with tears in my eyes) to all of you on this site. Connecting with you all may be just what I need to navigate this health care system and keep further things from developing. The parathyroid adenoma was removed; as were the polyps, and the nodules, and the kidney stones and ovarian cyst are all going to be monitored. Even if I have to look like a hypochondriac to my doctors to get it done! Will be checking in for more on Research links, and other actions we all in this little "community" of victims engage in. Eternally grateful to find you all! JoAnn

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

by Joheff on Sun Sep 13, 2015 07:07 PM

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On Apr 14, 2015 12:47 AM lamaj wrote:

I may be the oldest responders. I was born in 1938. My mother said that I made a lot of snoring noises when asleep. The doctor at a well known Philadelphia hospital said that my thymus was enlarged and that I needed radiation to shrink it. The doctors should have known that ALL babies have an enlarged thymus.

I now have hypothyroidism, I am pre -diabetic, and have a neuromuscular disorder unknown what or why. Basil cell cancer from sun and other rashes. I have double vision, hearing loss,andmouth sores.

have some sort of 

interesting you mentioned a neurological condition. I have something called Benign Essential Familial Tremors. It has gotten worse this past year during parathyroid surgery and recovery and detection of other stomach infections and colon issues. I am waiting to see what's next!!! Ugh! Best wishes to you. I have added all on this site to my prayer list.

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

by erbsen on Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:02 AM

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Interesting note about thymus, etc.  I'm 2 years younger but very similar history.    We're been watching mine-MD palpates it when have physical every year.    I also have benighn essential tremor bu really don't think it has anything to do with radiation,etc.  Believe my mother had it-probably genetic.   The good news for me is that it has stayed about same all my life.

I'm a dentist but have been able to handle it for about 50 years.   still in practice.

Thyroid seems OK so far.

Good luck

Barry

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

by Joheff on Mon Sep 14, 2015 01:20 AM

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On Sep 14, 2015 12:02 AM erbsen wrote:

Interesting note about thymus, etc.  I'm 2 years younger but very similar history.    We're been watching mine-MD palpates it when have physical every year.    I also have benighn essential tremor bu really don't think it has anything to do with radiation,etc.  Believe my mother had it-probably genetic.   The good news for me is that it has stayed about same all my life.

I'm a dentist but have been able to handle it for about 50 years.   still in practice.

Thyroid seems OK so far.

Good luck

Barry

Hi Barry. I am curious. I was given that "tremor" diagnosis almost 18 yrs ago. It remained stable all this time;until these past five months. Now it's difficult to write or type on my cell phone. Very tedious and bothersome. Did you ever have an MRI or CT during your identification with this condition? Mine showed small focal areas/lesions in the right parietal lobe; but was reportedly not related. Still wondering. But the tremor/palsy is in my right hand. Am having atrophy of the hand and forearm these days. Bummer!

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

by robinlynn5 on Mon Sep 14, 2015 05:07 AM

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On Sep 14, 2015 1:20 AM Joheff wrote:

On Sep 14, 2015 12:02 AM erbsen wrote:

Interesting note about thymus, etc.  I'm 2 years younger but very similar history.    We're been watching mine-MD palpates it when have physical every year.    I also have benighn essential tremor bu really don't think it has anything to do with radiation,etc.  Believe my mother had it-probably genetic.   The good news for me is that it has stayed about same all my life.

I'm a dentist but have been able to handle it for about 50 years.   still in practice.

Thyroid seems OK so far.

Good luck

Barry

Hi Barry. I am curious. I was given that "tremor" diagnosis almost 18 yrs ago. It remained stable all this time;until these past five months. Now it's difficult to write or type on my cell phone. Very tedious and bothersome. Did you ever have an MRI or CT during your identification with this condition? Mine showed small focal areas/lesions in the right parietal lobe; but was reportedly not related. Still wondering. But the tremor/palsy is in my right hand. Am having atrophy of the hand and forearm these days. Bummer!

Today I believe I've learned what the cause is for both my hands that only occasionally tremble and do not cause a problem for me.  When it does tremble, my left hand trembles more, my right hand, very slightly. (I'm right handed if that's relevant). They have done so for the last 35 yrs. or so. I went to a doctor about it then, he sloughed it off, so haven't worried about it since.  It hasn't worsened but always wondered what it is, if it might get worse, or an indicator of some disease that's suddenly going to hit me.  I believe essential tremor is what I have but neither of my parents had this.  The research I came across today says no one knows what causes it but can be genetic.  I'll check further into radiation treatment on thymus gland as a possible cause.

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

by robinlynn5 on Mon Sep 14, 2015 05:30 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?

 

I found this article which might be of interest to all participants in this thread:

Ending of the Era of Radiation Therapy for Enlarged Thymus

at http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/PBC/chp11F.html

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