Infant Radiation for Enlarged Thymus Gland 1940's & 1950

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by hodgsonprgmail on Mon Jan 18, 2016 09:15 PM

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Thank you so much for sharing.  I am 70 and had a very similar.  It helps to know you are not along.

BJH

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by ShelbyR on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:19 AM

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It does help to know you are not alone! Thank you!

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by ShelbyR on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:26 AM

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I have seven noduls and have had biopsies twice. Atipical cells were found and the endocrinologist wants to remove my thyroid. A third biopsy is upcoming at MD Anderson Hospital.

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by suggi on Wed Jan 20, 2016 04:39 AM

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Sory to hear -- at this point we have no idea how many things we have are due to the radiation we had as kids.  Sometimes I wonder if we may even pass it along to our children in their genes.  I wish someone would look into that for us.

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by erbsen on Wed Jan 20, 2016 04:57 AM

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Hey Suggi:

I posted-had radiation as an infant-probably 1941.

So far so good.

I'm a dentist-know some science.  I would not worry about the radiation altering your genetics.  That's in ovaries and sperm-no where near thyroid.  Unlikely to pass on to children, etc.

Good luck,

Barry

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by suggi on Mon Jan 25, 2016 05:41 AM

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Thanks Barry

At least that's one less worry.  And the pediatrician was wrong on both counts - telling Mom I would probably be dead by age 16 or if I made it to adulthood any children I had would be deformed.  Don't you just love the knowledge doctors had....

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by carolynanne on Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:48 PM

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I was given radiation to remove an enlarged thymus gland when I was 4 months old in 1937.  It was done to prevent crib death.  My mother was told I was at risk for dying if I didn't have the radiation.  There were no visible symptoms.  I know multiple treatments were given but don't know how many.  The radiation has not caused cancer yet but it has taken its toll in other areas.  I have no breast tissue as a result.  My shoulders are narrower than normal and my arms are shorter than others my height.  It has caused coronary artery disease with 4 arterial blockages and 2 heart attacks.  It has caused aortic valve problems and now that has to be replaced.  Other than the radiation I had no risk factors for heart problems.  I have never been overweight.  I have never smoked.  I am active and walk 3 miles every day.  There is no history of heart disease in my family. 

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by suggi on Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:18 PM

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carolynanne - I am so sorry you are going thru this.  Why were we guinea pigs for the medical field to practice on?  It has left its mark on all of us in different ways.  You are one year older than me  and theses things don't come out til years after the radiation.  One thing though -- don't ever let them do radiation to your chest area.  It could put you on oxygn for the rest of your life as it was unmeasured cobalt they used back then. 

Hoping everything turns out OK for you.

Hugs to you

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by Debdirkes on Tue Jun 28, 2016 03:23 PM

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My thymus gland was xrayed in1953 when my mom was afraid I could not breathe very well because of the noise I was making. I do not know how many radiation treatments I had. 18 years later my mom was watching a Marcus Welby MD show about babies receiving X-rays who were getting cancer of the thyroid. Immediately I was scheduled for an appointment with an endocrinologist who put me on synthroid telling me this pill would do the work of my thyroid gland, so the thryroid would not have to make any new cells, thereby no new cells meant no potential cancer cells. I have had my blood work to check my tsh levels all these years and continue to take the synthroid. No problems thus far.

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by singe on Tue Apr 11, 2017 03:53 AM

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childhood x-ray exposure- in 1947 at the age of 2 months I was given x-ray treatments to shrink my supposed enlarged thymus. My grandmother had lost two children in the early 20th century to respiratory diseases (pneumonia, flu, etc. who knows?) and so when she perceived me to be breathing funny off her and my mom went to some quack who zapped me. I was unaware of this until at age 42 I had a high calcium level on a blood test and my parents told me about the treatments (they did not want me to worry so they never told me about them). After some scary times a radiologist at Cornell Medical in NYC found a benign parathyroid tumor 4 cm long by 1 cm thick under my left clavicle. It was removed and i have been seeing an endocrinologist every 6 months for the past 25 years. So far all is well and he does have me taking thyroid replacement pills as he feels chilling out my thyroid decreases the chances i will delvelope nodules. I do not have all the information you are looking for about how many treatments i was given.

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