Home Chapter 3 ------------------ My Radiation Treatment
Entry # 17 Preparation for Radioactive Iodine Treatment: The Low Iodine Diet
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Saturday, 14 February 2009 17:00

In order to prepare for radioactive iodine 131 radiation treatment one has to have a low iodine diet for about two weeks prior to the treatment.  Apparently, this helps the radioactive iodine get absorbed into the thyroid cells.  This of course will make the treatment successful….

 

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Entry # 18 Low Iodine diet continued: It's annoying now
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Thursday, 19 February 2009 17:00

DAYS FOUR TO SIXTEEN

 

After about a week on the low iodine diet I got annoyed.  At work everyone would go out to lunch……I had to eat my own food.  On the weekends my wife and I visited some friends and of course we went out to dinner…..I could not eat anything.  Though, I did sip a beer.... 

 

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Entry # 19 Thyrogen Injections to Elevated TSH Levels
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Sunday, 08 March 2009 17:00

The two days prior to the radioactive iodine treatment I was injected with Recombinant TSH, Thyrogen.  These injections increased my body’s TSH levels.  Because of this I did not have to discontinue my thyroxin hormone pills. I preferred this method because I didn’t have to go through a state of hypothyroidism prior to my radiation treatment.... 

 

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Entry # 20 Radioactive Iodine-131 Treatment Week: I am Going to Glow at Night
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Thursday, 12 March 2009 17:00

I arrived to the hospital admissions around 7:30 am.  I was admitted into the hospital and shown to my “special” room for my radiation treatment.  The radiologist and resident came in and discussed my treatment and possible side effects.   Shortly after this talk two hospital radiation officers came in and “wrapped the room.”  They basically covered everything with paper and/or plastic.  Apparently this makes it easier to clean the room once the treatment is over.  I had to change into hospital clothes and just wait for the radioactive pill. 

 

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Entry # 21 Home from the Hospital after Radioactive Iodine-131 Treatment
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Monday, 16 March 2009 17:00

For the next 7 days I had to avoid people….my wife…my dog…pretty much everything.  I was fortunate enough to have a guest room to sleep in and a separate bathroom to use.  This actually made it rather easy to avoid everyone.  I also took two showers a day to wash off any of the secreted radioactive iodine.  After about day 5 this really got annoying.  My poor dog would come running up to me only to be avoided.   She looked so sad....

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Entry #22 Whole Body Scan After Radioactive Iodine Treatment
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Monday, 23 March 2009 17:00

On day 7 after my radioactive iodine-131 treatment I had to go back to the hospital to get a whole body scan.   The intention of the whole body scan is to identify if any of the cancer has spread throughout the body, metastasized.  For the scan I had to lie down on a table as the scanner slowly moved over my body.  The scanner has sensors that detect radioactive iodine.  At the time of the scan radioactive iodine should only be found in thyroid cells or thyroid cancer cells.  Then entire scan took about 24 minutes.  Yes, it was very hard to stay still for this long period of time....

 

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Entry #23 Result of the Whole Body Scan: A New Beginning
My Story - My Radiation Treatment
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 17:00

So a week later I’m off to MCG again to find out my results from my whole body scan.  I was a little nervous.  A whole body scan will show if any of the cancer has metastasized to other locations in the body.  Typically, neck lymph nodes are a very common location for metastasis, followed by the lungs....

 

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