Cobalt radiation induced thyroid cancer & other health issues
Many Baby Boomers received Cobalt radiation in the 1950s. I was 4 years old and received Cobalt to shrink my tonsils. When I was 9 years old, I developed Thyroid Cancer with metastasis to my cervical lymph nodes. Had surgical removal and was cured. In my early 60s I began having odd symptoms that have been related to the decay of the Cobalt radiation that received as a child. Many symptoms that are quality of life impacting still popping up.
Any other boomers with late Cobalt effects? We were radiated for acne, thymus, tonsils, and feet. I am 70 now and am aging very quickly. I am a Physician and can find no data on this late effect but thousands of us were irradiated. There are more victims out there. Thanks.
Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Thyroid Cancer Support Group.
Welcome @debdoc101, I moved your message to the Thyroid Cancer group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/thyroid-cancer/
As well as the Aging Well group: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/aging-well/
Fellow members @sueblue @ltecato have talked about radiation-induced late side effects and may have more to add.
Deb, this 1999 paper echoes your experience.
– Thyroid Carcinomas After Irradiation for a First Cancer During Childhood https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1105656
Hello @debdoc101, I would like to add my welcome along with @colleenyoung and others. While you wait for members to share their experience, I thought I would share this 2017 article that discusses radiation induced thyroid cancer in case you haven't seen it.
— Radiation and Thyroid Cancer:
Have you tried searching PubMed to see if you can find a related study? Here's a link that shows the search results for "childhood radiation induced thyroid cancer": https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=childhood+radiation+induced+thyroid+cancer&sort=date&filter=simsearch2.ffrft
Another good search engine for finding the latest medical research is Google Scholar. Here's a link with search results for the same phrase using Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C24&as_ylo=2022&q=childhood+radiation+induced+thyroid+cancer&btnG=
Thank you. I am most interested in the late effects of the Cobalt that was used in the early 1950s on a multitude of children for non-pathological reasons.
Thymus, acne, tonsils, feet for shoe size determination…
Thank you for your reply. Will go to the links you shared.