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2 AnswersHealthwise answeredRadioactive iodine therapy is used to destroy thyroid cells.Radioactive iodine therapy can be used for thyroid cancer to kill cancer cells that remain after surgery has been done to remove the thyroid gland. It may also be used to treat an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism).Radioactive iodine is usually given as a liquid or capsule that is swallowed.
1 AnswerFor at least 100 days after the stem cell reinfusion, patients will be closely monitored with frequent blood draws until blood counts stabilize, x-rays, and weekly doctor appointments. Some patients may require additional blood transfusions and medications. Radiation therapy may be a part of some patients' anti-cancer treatment. When this follow-up period is over, patients return to their own doctors who will continue to monitor their progress.
1 AnswerPatients remain hospitalized for one to two weeks after stem cell reinfusion -- a procedure in which the patient's stem cells are returned to the patient after high-dose chemotherapy -- and are watched closely for signs of side effects, such as bleeding, infection, and low red blood cell counts. As required, patients are given medications and blood transfusions, as well as support from the patient care team of nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, social service worker, and chaplain. During recovery, patients are taught how to recognize signs and symptoms of infection, take care of their central venous catheter, and about their special diet so they may be prepared to go home.
Patients are discharged from the hospital when there is no sign of infection, side effects have been reduced, and the patient is producing new blood cells. Special instructions, doctor appointments, prescriptions, and possibly home care will be arranged prior to discharge. Because it takes several weeks to regain strength and for blood cells to mature, patients should not resume their usual activities immediately.
For at least 100 days after the reinfusion, patients will be closely monitored with frequent blood draws until blood counts stabilize, x-rays, and weekly doctor appointments. Some patients may require additional blood transfusions and medications. Radiation therapy may be a part of some patients' anti-cancer treatment. When this follow-up period is over, patients return to their own doctors who will continue to monitor their progress.
1 AnswerCapped intravenous (IVs) are safe and have a low risk of problems. However, if your IV site becomes red, warm, tender, painful, or swollen, call your doctor immediately. If the catheter accidentally comes out, apply pressure to the site until bleeding stops. Apply a Band-Aid to the catheter site for 24 hours.
1 AnswerIf you have a capped intravenous (IV), it is important to keep your dressing dry. When you shower or bathe, cover the dressing with plastic, taping the ends to create a seal. If your IV is in your hand, you can protect the dressing by putting on a rubber glove and taping it at your wrist to create a seal.
Should your dressing accidentally get wet, remove only the white gauze dressing. Leave the clear plastic covering the catheter in place. Cover this area with another gauze or a clean cloth to protect the catheter.
1 AnswerA capped intravenous (IV) is a plastic catheter (flexible tube). The tube is 1 to 1 1/4 inches in length with a rubber plug at the end of it. The catheter is inserted in your vein, anchored in place with tape, and covered with a protective dressing.
A capped IV is used to give you medications or other fluids that are ordered by your doctor.
Here are some tips on how to boost calorie and protein intake during cancer treatment:
1. Meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, eggs, and nuts
- Add extra chopped meat, hard-cooked egg, and tofu to soups, vegetables, salads, and casseroles.
- Eat bean and pea soups.
- Add beans to rice dishes, casseroles, pasta, or salads.
- If beef doesn't appeal to you, try chicken, turkey, eggs, dairy products, or mild-tasting fish instead.
- Add 1/4-cup powdered milk to each cup of regular milk and use as a beverage or in cooking.
- Use milk instead of water when making soups, cereals, puddings, and custards.
- Stir powdered milk into soups, sauces, egg dishes, and casseroles.
- Have milk as a beverage with meals and snacks.
- Add shredded cheese to vegetables, eggs, casseroles, soups, and salads.
- Melt cheese on hamburgers, fish, and sandwiches.
- Have macaroni and cheese as a side dish.
- Have cheese and yogurt as snacks.
- High-fat dairy products will increase calorie intake.
- Top breads, pancakes, waffles, and muffins with extra butter, margarine, peanut butter, jam, cream cheese, nuts, syrup, whipped cream or granola.
- Prepare pasta and rice dishes with cream or cheese sauces.
- Stir powdered milk into hot cereals, batters and mixes.
- Eat at least 3 ounces of whole grains per day.
- Prepare vegetables with cream or cheese sauce.
- Add butter, margarine, or salad dressings to cooked and raw vegetables.
- Use meat, cheese, and hard-cooked eggs with vegetable salads.
- Stuff fruits and vegetables with cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, meat, or peanut butter.
- Try avocado slices or guacamole in salads, dips, and sandwiches.
- Select canned fruit with added sugar or syrup for extra calories.
- Sweeten fruit with sugar, honey, or syrup to add calories.
- Blend ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, or cream with fruit.
- Add dried fruits to muffins, pancakes, and cereal.
- Eat any dried fruits or fruit and nut mixtures for snacks.
- Add peanut butter to fruits such as apples or bananas.
- Boost calories by adding margarine, butter, sour cream, and other fats to food whenever possible.
- Keep snacks handy like granola, ice cream, cookies, sherbet, and flavored gelatin.
- These foods should not replace meats, milk, breads, fruits, and vegetables.
- Limit beverages that provide no calories or protein such as coffee, tea, or broth.
1 AnswerYour Trifusion catheter (a long-term catheter used for drawing blood and giving intravenous fluids) will require you to follow some simple home care guidelines. Here is a summary of those guidelines:
- Change the dressing and caps as indicated in the booklet and/or by your doctor.
- Flush each lumen (tube) three times per week with 5 cc of 10 U/mL heparin, provided in individual prefilled syringes.
- Check for infection -- look at the site where the catheter goes into the skin for redness, swelling, drainage, warmth, or tenderness. Call your doctor for any changes or a temperature of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Other tips:
- Make sure to clean the cap before putting a needle into it.
- Make sure the catheter is flushed after each use and as instructed by your nurse.
- Make sure the intravenous (IV) cap is changed at least once a week and whenever it leaks.
- Make sure the dressing remains secure all the way around the edges.