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Nuclear Medicine

I-131 Radiotherapy

 

I-131 radiotherapy is an effective therapy for patients undergoing treatment for – or have previously had – thyroid cancer or hyperthyroidism. I-131 radiotherapy is a type of radioactive iodine that can neutralize malignant tissue and ablate thyroid function.

 

Using I-131 may:
  • Eliminate remaining diseased thyroid tissue in patients with thyroid cancer who have already undergone surgical resection.
  • Help eliminate cancerous thyroid tissue that has metastasized to other areas of the body.

 

Location I-131
Thyroid
Cancer
Treatment     
I-131
Hyper-
thyroidism
Treatment    
Liquid
I-131

         
I-131
I/P or O/P

Baylor University

Medical Center at Dallas

Yes                    

Yes                              

Yes                     

I/P    

Baylor Scott & White
All Saints

Medical Center – Fort Worth

Yes

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Carrollton

Yes

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Garland

-

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Grapevine

-

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Irving

Yes

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – McKinney

Yes

Yes

-

Both

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Plano

Yes

Yes

-

O/P

Baylor Scott & White

Medical Center – Waxahachie    

-

-

-

-

 

Candidates
  • All patients with a new diagnosis or recent history of thyroid cancer may be candidates for I-131 radiotherapy.
  • All patients with a new diagnosis or recent history of hyperthyroidism.
  • It is recommended that patients with hyperthyroidism have a nuclear medicine thyroid uptake scan within the last 90 days.
  • Patients unable to swallow tablets may receive liquid I-131 only at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

 

 

Precautions

  • All women of child-bearing age will receive a serum pregnancy test unless they have had a hysterectomy.
  • Complete cessation of breastfeeding is required.
  • Patients must be able to follow instructions on I-131 treatment guidelines.
  • Patients receiving I-131 radiotherapy will be asked to take certain precautions to minimize exposure to others.
  • Women who are pregnant are not candidates.

 

 

Patient Referrals

 

Radiation oncologists, oncologists, endocrinologists, otolaryngologists and primary care physicians can find out more about I-131 radiotherapy or refer eligible patients to:

  • Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas: 214-818-2770
  • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth: 817-922-2222
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Carrollton: 972-394-1080
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland: 972-487-5293, option 9
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine: 817-329-2501
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving: 972-579-4333
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney: 469-764-2400
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano: 469-814-5500


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