Enjoying A Healthier Lifestyle

After I started exercising each and every day, I knew that I had to do something to work on my balance. I was falling over constantly, and it was really embarrassing. I talked to my family doctor about it, and he told me that working with an ENT specialist might be really helpful. When I went to the doctor, he started by going through and evaluating my balance, and it was really interesting to get feedback from someone that understood what I had been coping with. I was able to completely overhaul my balance, and it made a big difference. This blog is all about enjoying a healthier lifestyle by working with the right specialists.

What Thyroid-Cancer Treatment Involves

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Treatment for thyroid cancer depends on the size, location, and number of tumors as well as how quickly a tumor may grow and spread to lymph nodes, the lungs, or the liver. Your age, physical stamina, and other existing health problems all play a role in the type of treatment your doctor will recommend. Knowing what types of treatments are available and the side effects each may cause can help you choose the cancer-treatment option or combination of treatments that are right for your particular case.

Surgery

Whether you have surgery to remove one lobe (lobectomy) or both lobes (total thyroidectomy) of the thyroid, the purpose is to remove the cancerous part of your thyroid gland. If lymph nodes in your neck are swollen, the surgeon may also remove them during the surgery.

You can experience some pain following surgery. Your throat may be sore, and your voice may sound hoarse. Although your neck might feel stiff and painful for a few days after the surgery, taking acetaminophen usually is enough to alleviate the pain and discomfort.

The incision in your neck may appear slightly swollen after surgery, and you may notice some bruising. But while it may take the scar several months to heal completely, any swelling or bruising should go away within a few weeks.

If your thyroid cancer is in an advanced stage at the time of diagnosis, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy or radiation therapy either before or after surgery.

Radioactive Iodine Treatment (RAI)

Following surgery to have part or all of your thyroid removed, you will have radioactive iodine therapy, which will destroy any remaining thyroid tissue and cancer cells. Although radioactive iodine destroys thyroid tissue, it won't affect other body tissues.

Since treatment will not begin for several weeks after your surgery, you may experience symptoms of hypothyroidism in the interim. Symptoms may include weight gain, fatigue, muscle aches, and constipation. Some individuals become depressed.

A key side effect of radioactive iodine therapy is that you will be radioactive for a while. Your doctor will instruct you on how to keep from exposing others to radiation during that time. Generally, you will need to avoid close contact with other people, sleep alone, use separate towels and bed linens, and wash your laundry, dishes, and eating utensils separately from those used by the rest of the household.

How long it takes to excrete the radioactive iodine from your body through your urine, feces, perspiration, and saliva depends on your age and how much radioactive iodine you receive. Normally, however, you will pass any remaining radioactive iodine out of your body within a week.

Other possible side effects of radioactive iodine treatment you may experience include mild nausea, neck swelling or pain, sore throat, metallic taste in your mouth, fatigue, and high or low thyroid levels.

Talk to a doctor at an organization such as Alpine Ear, Nose & Throat, PC for more personalized information. 

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4 November 2016