Are thyroid cancer patients unnecessarily exposing family and friends to the health risks of radiation? Is secondhand exposure to I-131 safe, or risky? Is it safe to release patients treated with I-131, or should they be isolated to prevent exposing others to radioactivity?
USA Today looks at these questions, and the safety of radioactive iodine treatments used for thyroid cancer in the article "It kills thyroid cancer, but is radiation safe?"
The article is one in a multi-part series, which also includes these three articles:
- Doctor's main concern: Not contaminating her daughter -- which profiles 43 year old Connie Basch and what she did after her RAI treatment to protect her daughter Kaia.
- 'Princess' had fewer worries before she was a mother -- which profiles Elizabeth Larson, who had RAI after surgery to remove cancerous nodules on both sides of her thyroid.
- "Radioactivity may be danger" -- which discusses thyroid patient Peter Crane's petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restore the previous standard, and make it easier to hospitalize "radioactive" patients to safeguard their families and those in close proximity to them.