Radiation Therapy for Thyroid Cancer
Radioablation Therapy and Radioactive Iodine Therapy
- If there are cancer cells elsewhere in your body, these areas may become briefly swollen and painful as the iodine collects in them.
- Nausea and vomiting during the first day or so
- Swelling or pain in your neck
- Dry mouth
- Brief loss of your sense of smell or taste
- Depending on the dose of radioactivity that you receive, you may have to be isolated in the hospital for several days to avoid exposing others to radiation.
- Suck on hard candy or chew sugar-free gum to relieve dry mouth.
- Drink a lot of water in the days and weeks following radioablation therapy to more quickly wash the radioactivity out of your bladder.
External Radiation Therapy
- Dry, red, irritated skin
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarse voice
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- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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