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I have been suffering hyperthyroid - will this radioactive iodone treatment also cause cancer ?

hi i have been suffering from hyperthorid symptoms from 2 years and my doc have put me on propiyltha to bring down the hormone levels in my blood i started developing severe sore throat more often and yellowness of skin. now they stopped the drugs and advising me to take radioactive iodine. i read this radioactive substance causes cancer. will this radioactive iodine also cause cancer?
Wed, 11 Apr 2012
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Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine 's  Response
Your apprehension about radioiodine is unnecessary.
Radioiodine is the first line of treatment of hyperthyroidism in the United states.
In india, radioiodine is being used extensively for more than 40 years.

The amount of radioiodine used for hyperthyroidism (5 mCi to 15 mCi) is very small and will not cause cancer.

I personally, have treated several hundred patients with radioiodine without any side effects. Infact, the side effects of PTU, is far riskier than radioiodine itself
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if you guys had anyschooling with cancer cells you would all know that:
1.) everyone has cancerous cells in their body
2.) any form of radiation has a chance to turn a cancer cell rouge

i cannot sit here and watch you spue your lies....
some of you ask "why in the hell would a doc give you radiation if it gives you cancer?"
the answer is: uh duh... we live in the biggest money making country in the world. if you got cancer they have your money for the rest of your life... use your brains guys!
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pict.rahul's  Response
i alsp had same problem
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Manish Malhotra's  Response

hi i have been daiganosed hyperthyroid.  in night i go for urination for six to seven times, there are tremors in my hands, leg muscles do not feel like energy.  i have started my medicine.  pl. let me know when recovery will start.

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jian's  Response
Radioactive willnot cancer, this is untrue. then why the doctor will give this medications if it causes cancer. Thi sistotally a baseless statement. I dont feel any responsible doctor will do this
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sukhneer's  Response
radioactive..iodine will cause destruction.....of thyroid gland....and it will normally given in cancer .i dont know about is an in hyperthyroidism..
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makarand's  Response
Hi my wife is hyperthyroid was detected when she was pregnant, she is on Deracil 300 mg once daily. i heard that pregnancy is a contraindictation for radioctive iodine treatment.
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Anonymous's  Response

The radioactive iodine will not cause any cancer. Donot worry go ahead with the treatment. My father also had this problem, he took the radioactive iodine and now he is fine.

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