Radioactive Iodine Treatment

The SOMC Cancer Center is able to offer radioactive iodine treatment for the treatment of thyroid cancer. This treatment is done in a single session in the Nuclear Medicine department of Southern Ohio Medical Center.


Why is this treatment given?

Patients with thyroid cancer have microscopic cells left behind after surgery that we cannot see. In some patients, these cells may be aggressive enough to grow to have a recurrence of thyroid cancer in the future. Radioactive iodine is able to get rid of these microscopic cells, to reduce the risk of cancer coming back.


How does this treatment work?

The thyroid is basically the only tissue in the body that uses iodine. An iodine molecule that is made radioactive will selectively go to any thyroid tissue or microscopic thyroid cells after surgery to get rid of these cancer cells. This allows for targeted radiation therapy to the thyroid cells. The treatment is given as a pill that you swallow, or as a liquid for those that cannot swallow pills.


Who do you call if you have questions?

Call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490 or toll free 1-888-722-8787, or e-mail us if you have questions.