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Dear Anita and all who are part of this group who were subjected to Radiation when a young child for an Enlarged Thymus. As you probably have seen I have had most of my Thyroid removed when I was 28 in 1968 because of precancerous tumors. I have had several uncomfortable biopsies of what is left of my thyroid because of nodules growing.  I am due for another biopsy later this month.

I also have had at least 24 skin cancer operations from tiny to large enough to take 5 stiches. My Dermatologist told me that the skin cancer was most likely caused by the massive radiation I was subjected to as an infant.

The reason I am replying is because I really appreciate all who have thanked me for my  input and all who are sharing their personal, some very personal stories. Thank You.

I sincerly wish the best and will pray for you all.

Hi Brenda,

I was given radiation for an enlarged Thymus gland when I was too young to remember the treatment. I believe it was 1944 when I was about three years old.

 I noticed a lump on my throat in 1968 and was later diagnosed with precancerous tumors on my thyroid. A specialist surgeon removed most of my thyroid that year. This same surgeon said it was common for cancer or precancerous tumors to show up 20 years later after radiation treatments.

Later about 1990 I was diagnosed with skin cancer on my chest. Then I continued to get cancer on my face and head. The last Operation was one of several Mohs proceedures I had as recently as August. I have had 8 serious proceedures and about 24 precancerous growths. My dermetologist told me he had numerous patients who were blasted with radiation as treatment for an enlarged thymus as a young child and ended up in his office with skin cancer as a result

I do not know how many time I was radiated. The surgeon who removed most of my thyroid in 1968 told me that he has treated dozens of patients who had the same radiation treatment I did and it was very strong and covered a wide area. Also most of his patients that had this radiation  had actual cancerous tumors and had to get all of their thyroid removed.

My parents have passed away and what I told you is all I know.

I have a question for you or anyone who would know about this. I don't suppose there is any way we could get any compensation for being saturated with powerful radiation as an infant is there? 

 

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