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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): I was told that as of the second day of my radiation treatment, I was to start my hormone therapy which is a higher dose of levothyroxine. It was basically just adding to my routine of medications, which has now shifted again. My current cocktail is as follows:

    One Antidepressant (from prior to diagnosis)
    One Triglyceride controller (side effect of thyroid dysfunction)
    Two Fish Oil (Triglyceride control)
    Two Vitamin B-12 (to boost energy)
    One Thyroid Hormone (Hormone Therapy)
    Two Calcium + Vitamin D (Evening, to combat calcium deficiency from thyroid dysfunction)

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    Radiation (Internal radiation): PET Scan on the 30th, June 1st is the RAI dose.

    I have been doing well, though the only problem I had was going on a low-iodine diet for before the actual dose of Iodine. Then the three days of sequester have been pretty lonely, so I can't wait to see my family and my puppy again soon.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (New Cocktail): After my surgery, I was given a new cocktail regimen for my overall health. My thyroid medicine is now a half a pill twice a day, and calcium and vitamin D three times a day. Before all of this happened, I just had one time a day that I needed to take my medicines, so it's taking some getting used to.

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    tak197 asked a questionThyroid Cancer

    How many doses should I expect in my RAI treatment? How many days should I expect to be "in exile" as it were?

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      Monti

      I'm currently awaiting my I-131 treatment within the next few weeks. Unfortunately my radiation had been put on hold due to the shortage of Thyrogen. From what my doctors have told me, anyone receiving a dose under 30mci is usually not required to stay in the hospital for their isolation, but have to adhere to precautions usually for 3-7 days (depending on the dose). An iodine free diet for 1 week before and through the end of treatment is normal. It's been suggested I invest in disposable utensils, paper plates, etc to reduce exposure to others.
      I'd also suggest checking out ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer
      Survivors' Assoc.) at http://www.thyca.org/ they have a lot of resources and advice, including a free low iodine cookbook you can download.

      over 4 years ago
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      pinkchickb

      It depends on your dose. I was in isolation for 3 days but at home. I was given the lowest dose and was able to share the house with my son and dog. Had to use a different bathroom, though. Listen to what your doctor tells you. Mine had me sucking on lemons and lemon candy as well and it worked with not having any problems with my salivary glands. I had no side-effects.
      The thyca website is the BEST! The ACS also has a program where you can be paired with a survivor who helps you. My surgery was over 1 1/2 years ago and I am still friends with my peer.

      over 4 years ago
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      katiecakes

      I had one dose and was allowed to go home, but stay in isolation on the 2nd floor for 3 days. Fingers crossed, it should all be wiped out in one dose

      about 4 years ago
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    Thank you for the lovely post on my wall. It makes me feel good to have that feedback.

    If you read my updated profile, it did turn out to be full blown cancer, so I guess things got real.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Scheduled for a Right thyroid completion lobectomy on April 16th, 2012.

    This surgery went pretty well, though I got home with a massive migraine and my neck being sore. I had a difficult time with finding a comfortable position for sleeping, but the next day, the headache was gone and I felt a ton better.