May 31, 2004 - 4:50 pm
I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer after undergoing a partial thyroidectomy. The remainder of my thyroid was removed three weeks later, and they found no evidence of cancer in this half. The doctor said that they caught things in the very early stages, my prognosis was good, and as far as he was concerned, I could consider myself cured. As an insurance policy, he said that I should go through the radioactive iodine treatments. (By the way, this doctor has a very high reputation where I live - he is supposed to be the best)
I am off my thyroid meds and waiting to start the RAI. The reason I am confused is because I keep hearing people talk about a low iodine diet, but I wasn't given any instructions as to needing to follow one. I called the doctor's office and asked, and they said as long as I avoided seafood and any supplements containing iodine, I would be fine. There need not be any other restrictions.
Does this seem like something that I should be concerned about? Or is this because I was diagnosed so early, so the more extreme restrictions aren't necessary?