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Thyrogen Treatment - Thyroid Cancer

Following initial treatment for thyroid cancer (surgery), patients are then given Radioactive Iodine Ablation Treatment. Generally a high thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is required in both treatment and follow-up of thyroid cancer. Traditionally patients reduced and then ceased their dose of thyroxine (Oroxine/Eutroxsig) before this treatment. An alternate approach to stopping thyroxine therapy is to give the patient Thyrogen. (Thyrogen rh TSH (Man Made Recombinant Human Thyroid Stimulating Hormone))

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Radioactive Iodine Treatment

Radioactive Iodine Treatment (RAI) is usually recommended for patients who have been diganosed with thyroid cancer and have recently had a total thyroidectomy to remove the cancer.

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Lenvatinib - Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Treatment 

Nexavar is used to treat thyroid cancer (differentiated thyroid carcinoma). Nexavar is a multi-kinase inhibitor. It works by slowing down the rate of growth of cancer cells and cutting off the blood supply that keeps cancer cells growing.

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Surgery - Semi Thyroidectomy - Total Thyroidectomy

An Endocrine Surgeon is the specialist who performs a thyroidectomy. A total thyroidectomy is recommended for thyroid cancer, restriction caused by an enlarged thyroid gland pressing on the windpipe, oesophagus or nerves. Surgery is also performed when a patient has a suspicious nodule(s), which could be malignant or an uncontrollable overactive thyroid gland.

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Hyperthyroidism/Overactive Thyroid

Your treating thyroid specialist will prescribe a dose of Neo-Mercazole or PTU to treat your condition and will monitor your thyroid response through pathology tests.

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Hypothyroidism/Under active Thyroid

As of 2017, Australia now has three brands of Levothyroxine replacement hormone available for prescription; Oroxine, Eutroxsig & Eltroxin.

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