Month: December 2017

Management Of Thyroid Conditions With Radioactive Iodine

Published / by Leo Hillgrove

The incidence of thyroid malignancies worldwide is on the rise. And a lot of people are seeking treatment with regard to this condition. If you are one of them then you have come to the right place. Because in this article we are going to be talking about the treatment of malignancies with radioactive iodine following surgery. This treatment is done to ablate the remaining cancer cells which were not removed during surgery. This treatment with radioactive iodine is ideally done about 4 months after the surgery for thyroid cancer Australia. Before starting treatment the patients should be made aware of what kind of treatment this is going to be and what they will have to undergo in order to complete it. Advice to be given before taking radiotherapy includes some of the following. Patients should stop taking thyroxin and iodine containing food 30 days before taking the radioiodine. They should come prepared to stay for 3 days with adequate clothes and toiletries. The thyroid specialist Sydney will then tell them that they will be kept in a room with attached bathroom, has a telephone and is monitored continuously with cameras.

They can walk around in the room, and in the corridor that connects the other rooms, interact with the other patients, but they cannot come out of the corridor or no one will come to meet them. They will be given premedication (antiemetics) to prevent nausea and vomiting after taking the tablet. There will be a basket outside their room in which they should place their dirty clothes and after going home they can wash them well and reuse. Once they have taken the radioactive iodine they can continue taking any other regular medication in the normal manner. Meals will be provided. They should drink at least a minimum of 2L of water per day.

They can drink more if they want. 10 minutes before every meal they should massage their parotid, sublingual and submandibular glands for the 3 days that they are in the hospital and 1/2 weeks after they go home depending on whether they have taken 1/2 tablets of radioiodine.After going home they cannot sleep with anyone next to them in bed for 1/2 weeks. If there are children under 6 years they cannot hug them or keep them close for 1/2 weeks. They can otherwise lead a normal life staying in the same house with people, sharing utensils, sharing the toilet, cooking etc. Immediately as they are given the tablet and on the day of discharge they will undergo a scan to detect the amount of radiation in the stomach and thyroid. They will have to undergo a whole body san to detect the amount of remnant tissue and to see if there are any secondaries within ten days after the radioiodine therapy.