Dec 29, 2012 - 12:50 pm
I am a 69 year old male. In 2008 I had a total thyroidectomy along with the removal of a 4" x 2" x 2" tumor (later determined to be a Hurthle Cell carcinoma). I had follow up radioactive full-body scan which showed take up in the thyroid bed and in one spot on my left femur. A heavy does of RAI (150 mc) was administered and a subsequent radioactive full-body scan revealed no bright spots (good result, I was told).
Subsequent scans and thyroidglobulen tests have all been good....until this past October when a radioactive full-body scan and MRI both confirmed recurrent Hurthle Cell carcinoma in the form of a localized thumb-sized tumor in my old thyroid bed.
My reading on this form of cancer indicates that "take" of radioactive iodine in by Hurthle Cell cancer is "not particularly good." I'm interested in anyone who has learned of any possible ways to improve RAI take-up so as to make post-operative full-body scans and RAI treatments more effective.