What are the long-term cancer implications of receiving 1500 to 2000+ mSv of radiation due to I-131 treatments and substantial diagnostic testing?
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The I-131 treatment aims to destroy the remnant thyroid cells in the body. Short-term side effects of RAI (radioactive iodine) treatment are as follows:
Radioactive iodine may also affect ovaries, and some women may have irregular periods for a few months. Both men and women who have had RAI therapy may have a slightly increased risk of developing leukemia in the future. Though this is an extremely rare complication.
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