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RAI TREATMENT - ISOLATION PERIOD
I am going tomorrow morning to have a total body scan done and the doctor is suppose to come over to the hospital after my scan to give me my results and tell me whether I have to take the RAI treatment, which he already said that I should take it.  One of the reasons why I don't want to do it is because they said I would have to isolate myself for 7 days after treatment.  Well from what I've been reading on here just about everyone only did it for 4 days.  As if 4 days is not long enough, 7 is ridiculous.  He said I would receive more than 100 millicuries of RAI which seems pretty average also.  My question is.... Is he just being overly cautious because he's a radiation oncologist?
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393685 tn?1425816122
Could be - but if you chose to listen and have RAI - listen to his instruction. It does sound long - but you really aren't going to feel very well after it - 7 days may be nice to relax. Take a week off from work have a quiet weekend and  BAM -- all done.

Don't let your feeling of isolation make judgement on your treatment. It may be the best thing for your condition.
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158939 tn?1274918797
Seven days is the way to go - especially with a cancer dose (100mCi and above).  Sounds like the doctor is on the right track.
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427555 tn?1267556758
That is pretty standard isolation time following RAI.  Especially if you have children around.Get some good books and take advantage of the alone time to relax.
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I am having my RAI tomorrow too.  Because my cancer had spread to a lymph node, I will be taking 150 mCi.  My drs. told me isolate at least 2 days.  I think that sounds like a small amount of time. I was isolated that time for the body scan dose.  I am 57, have no small children or animals in house.  I plan to stay isolated for at least 4 days.  It amazes me the difference each dr. recommends.
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I will be having 150 mci on April 2nd.  I'll let you know what my doctor recommends for isolation time.  The last time I did it I was given a lower dose and it was recommended to stay isolated for 4 days. (Longer if there are children or pregnant women around).  
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197575 tn?1215536224
I had 100mci and I had to be away from everyone for about 7 days total.  Each day, you have less and less in your system, so by the 5, 6 and 7th day, my family was in the same room as me, just not touching or right next to me.
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