What are the side effects of the radiation pill for thyroid cancer?
Risks and side effects
- Neck tenderness and swelling.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands.
- Dry mouth.
- Taste changes.
How long does it take to recover from radioactive iodine treatment?
You may have short term changes to your taste and smell. This may not start until you get home. It usually gets better within 4 to 8 weeks. It can help to drink plenty of fluids after your treatment.
What are the long term side effects of radioactive iodine?
NCI study finds long-term increased risk of cancer death following common treatment for hyperthyroidism. New study findings show an association between the dose of a common treatment for hyperthyroidism and risk of death from solid cancers.
Can you go home after radioactive iodine treatment?
The radiation safety physicist will tell you when you can go back to work. This is usually 1 to 2 days after your treatment depending on what kind of work you do, and how close you’ll be to other people.
Do you lose your hair with radioactive iodine treatment?
Radioiodine does not cause hair loss.
How long is isolation after radioactive thyroid treatment?
You are also required to self isolate for 7 days after your radioiodine treatment in order to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 whilst there is still a large amount of radioactivity in your body. A small proportion of people with COVID-19 may become very unwell and require admission to hospital.
Will I gain weight after radioactive iodine treatment?
Treatment of hyperthyroidism with RAI or anti-thyroid medications is associated with an increased risk of gaining weight and even developing obesity. This risk is slightly higher with RAI therapy compared to medications.
Do you gain weight after radioactive iodine treatment?
Does radioactive iodine affect teeth?
High-dose radioiodine treatment can impair the long-term dental health, depending on the intensity of treatment and individual radioiodine uptake within the salivary glands. Patients should be made aware of salivary gland damage before high-dose radioiodine treatment.
Do you have to stay in hospital after radioactive iodine?
Having radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer. Radioactive iodine treatment takes place in the hospital. You usually stay there for a few days until your radiation levels have fallen to a safe level. You will be looked after in a single room, where you stay alone.
What can you not do after radioactive iodine treatment?
Do not share cups, glasses, plates or eating utensils. Wash items promptly after using. Other people may use items after they are washed. Do not share towels or washcloths.
Does radioactive iodine affect eyes?
Radioactive iodine therapy can make thyroid eye disease worse, with increased risk in patients with pre-existing significant eye symptoms and those who smoke, have severe hyperthyroidism or high serum TSH-receptor antibody levels (the cause of Graves’ disease).