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What is external beam radiation for thyroid cancer?

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External beam radiation, or X-ray therapy, uses radiation to destroy cancer cells. It's carefully delivered to protect the rest of your body as much as possible. You’ll get radiation therapy over several weeks.

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer” “If You Have Thyroid Cancer.”

Thyroid : “2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Adult Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Health Professional Version,” “Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines); Thyroid Carcinoma.”

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine: “The SNMMI Practice Guideline for Therapy of Thyroid Disease with I 3.0.” 131

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology: “AACE/AAES Medical/Surgical Guidelines for Clinical Practice: Management of Thyroid Carcinoma.”

American Thyroid Association: “Thyroid Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Thyroid Cancer” “If You Have Thyroid Cancer.”

Thyroid : “2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Adult Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Thyroid Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Health Professional Version,” “Cancer Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version.”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines); Thyroid Carcinoma.”

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine: “The SNMMI Practice Guideline for Therapy of Thyroid Disease with I 3.0.” 131

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 14, 2018

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