• Is low iodine important for thyroid cancer patients?

    Asked by bigjan on Monday, February 18, 2013

    Is low iodine important for thyroid cancer patients?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes, but only for the preparation and duration of radioactive iodine testing or treatment. It is similar to concepts of colon cleansing for a colonoscopy or not adding anti oxidants when receiving radiation treatment. In order for the testing and treatment to be as accurate or effective as possible, the amount ingested iodine need to be as little as possible.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Iodine does play an important function in the thyroid gland as the T3 and T4 are the only iodine-containing hormones in the human body. I have attached a link that better explains the importance of iodine to the thyroid gland. It is a big factor in hypo and hyperthyroidism. I hope this helps clarify an answer for you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      https://www.whatnext.com/conditions/cancer/thyroid-cancer Here is the link to Thyroid cancer on our site, you might find some useful information there.

      Let us know if you need more help.

      over 3 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      Iodine is a very important element for healthy living. A lack of or too much iodine can cause thyroid disease. In modern countries this is not usually a problem because of iodized salt and iodine being in other foods we eat. So we need it. For TC patients having a RAI treatment or a WBS (whole body scan) a low iodine diet is followed. This is so that any thyroid tissue remaining in the body will "starving" for iodine and absorb the radioactive iodine. The remaining thyroid tissue will then show up in the scan or be destroyed by the treatment.

      over 3 years ago

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