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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-60

Outcomes following I-131 treatment with cumulative dose exceeding or equal to 600 mCi in differentiated thyroid carcinoma patients

Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

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Dr. Chalermrat Kaewput
Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_49_20

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To evaluate treatment outcomes following radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment with a cumulative dose of ≥≥600 mCi in differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) patients, a retrospective review of medical records was done in 176 DTC patients with a cumulative dose of ≥600 mCi from January 1993 to December 2013. All patients were followed up for at least 2 years after receiving 600 mCi of I-131 treatment. Remission criteria were no clinical and imaging evidence of disease and low serum thyroglobulin levels during thyroid-stimulating hormone suppression of <0.2 ng/ml or of <1 ng/ml after stimulation in the absence of interfering antibodies. A total of 176 patients were included in the study: 137 – papillary thyroid cancer, 29 – follicular thyroid cancer, 9 – mixed papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, and 1 – Hurthle cell carcinoma. Most of the patients (118, 67%) had locoregional metastasis, whereas 48 patients (27%) had distant metastases at presentation. The median cumulative dose was 900 mCi (range: 600–2200 mCi). The mean follow-up period was 82.84 ± 42.41 months. Only 16 patients (9.1%) met remission criteria at the end of treatment. The rest of patients (160, 90.9%) were not remitted: stable disease in 94 (53.4%), at least 1 metastasis without I-131 uptake in 34 (19.3%), progressive disease in 21 (11.9%), and death during the whole follow-up period in 11 (6.3%). Two patients (1.1%) developed second primary malignancy. Eighteen cases were suspected of bone marrow suppression (14 cases [7.9%] had anemia and 5 cases [2.8%] had neutropenia). Seven patients (3.9%) developed permanent salivary gland dysfunction. Although the complications after receiving RAI treatment with a cumulative dose of ≥≥600 mCi were low and not severe, the patients with remission were in <10%. Our study suggests that the decision to administer further treatments should be made on an individual basis because beneficial effects may be controversial.

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