Dec 07, 2013 - 3:34 am
My TT was two months ago. They found cancer in both sides of the thyroid, but none in the lymph nodes. But, to be safe, the Dr has scheduled RAI for me Feb 2. In preparation for the RAI, I am scheduled for a month of low-iodine diet while at the same time going completely off the Synthroid so that I am completely hypothyroid.
I am ok with the LID, but I have read on this forum how miserable hypothyroidism is, and as a 73 year-old man, it sounds like a very bad idea. I have also read that there is an alternative: stay with the Synthroid and then, the Monday and Tuesday before the RAI, they give me injections of Thyrogen. And I have read the results of a number of studies which conclude that the Thyrogen theraply is just as effectve in preparing the body for the RAI therapy as driving the body into a hypothyroid state.
My Dr seems reluctant to recommend Thyrogen, and I wonder if it is just be cause of its high cost.