Family caregivers may be spouses, partners, children, relatives, or friends who help the patient with activities of daily living and health care needs at home.
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The risk also is increased in females, in survivors who were a young age at the time of treatment, in survivors who had a higher radiation dose, and as the time since diagnosis and treatment gets longer.
Late effects that affect the thyroid may cause certain health problems.
Thyroid late effects include the following:
Hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone): The most common thyroid late effect. It usually occurs 3 to 5 years after treatment ends but may occur later. It is more common in girls than boys.
Hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone): It usually occurs 3 to 5 years after treatment ends.
Lumps in the thyroid: Usually occur 10 years after treatment ends. It is more common in girls than boys.
Signs of thyroid late effects depend on whether there is too little or too much thyroid hormone in the body.
These symptoms may be caused by thyroid late effects: