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Old 09-06-2003, 10:25 AM   #1
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Did any of you have thymus radiation when you were infants. This was a fairly standard procedure in the late forties, early fifties. Research has established a thyroid cancer risk but I am interested in other possible symptoms that might correlate. ?????

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Old 09-06-2003, 10:50 AM   #2
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No, I did not have any radation as a baby or child. I did use infertility drugs to have my kids. I was wondering if that had anything to do with my thyroid cancer. All the thyroid docs say no. But who knows??

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Old 09-06-2003, 12:27 PM   #4
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I had thymus irradiation as an infant, 56 years ago. I have an enlarged thyroid, more so on the right side, but the scan and 2 ultrasounds do not show any nodules. I've been trying to get on meds for hypothyroid, but the Dr. always says my numbers are normal. My mother and sister both have/had hypothyroid. I see the Dr. tomorrow for new tests. It's been 2 years. It would be nice to start meds and see if my neck size decreases. I did have an inflamed salivary gland about 15 years ago, but they don't feel it's related. I did have infertility, but it wasn't a hormone issue. They say that the breasts are safe because we were infants. So far, every mammogram is normal. Any other concerns? Fish

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