part or all of your thyroid gland needs to be surgically removed because of
radioactive iodine may be used to destroy any thyroid
tissue or cancer cells that remain after surgery.
If you have a thyroid
Take any thyroid hormone medicine your doctor
prescribes at the same time each day and do not miss a dose.
Follow your doctor's advice for getting your blood checked for thyroid hormone levels.
Call your doctor if you have symptoms of
hyperthyroidism, such as feeling nervous, having a
fast heartbeat, sweating more than usual, and losing weight. Sometimes,
hyperthyroidism develops from taking thyroid hormone medicine or when a
noncancerous nodule starts making too much thyroid hormone.
your doctor if you have symptoms of
hypothyroidism, such as feeling tired, feeling cold
when others do not, and gaining weight. Hypothyroidism can develop after you
are treated with radioactive iodine or you have surgery.
Schedule regular checkups with your doctor. Even noncancerous
nodules need to be looked at by your doctor on a regular basis.
Treatment if the condition gets worse
thyroid nodule gets bigger, your doctor may recommend
fine-needle aspiration to see whether the nodule has become
cancerous. If your nodule has become cancerous or appears to be cancerous, your
doctor will probably recommend surgery (thyroidectomy)
to remove some or all of your thyroid gland. You may also need
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 14, 2013
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