Like my subject says, I'm post TT for papillary carcinoma, and now scheduled for RAI in 2 days. I think I fall into the borderline area concerning RAI. My surgeon was of that mind, my endo says 1 cm is the current cutoff point. I know parameters for RAI treatment change over time as more studies come in. Some studies say 2 cm is the cutoff point for effective treatment.
My 1.5 cm tumor was well encapsulated, the smaller one was too small to identify the capsule but its margins were clear.
My biggest concern is about long term salivary gland damage. Another concern is another cancer secondary to RAI treatment. Some studies show a statistical increase for sec CA in RAI pts.
The dosage I'm scheduled for is 100 mCi.
I don't want to blindly accept what my Dr. tells me. I need to make an informed decision.
Any comments are appreciated.