Radiated on purpose as an infant in the 1950's, cancer developed years later

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Radiated on purpose as an infant in the 1950's, cancer developed years later

by Anita1959 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 02:40 PM

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Thank you to all who have posted thier stories.  I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

I was treated with radiation as an infant for birthmraks on my torso at the University of Cincinnati.  This took place in 1959.  I have 3 scars on my torso, all about 1 to 1-1/2" in diameter.  The areas have really not changed in appearance over the years. 

At the age of 30 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent bilateral mastectomies and agressive chemo. 

In 2014 (age 54), due to recurrent graves disease, my thyroid was removed and a small papillary tumor was discovered.  It was only .5 cm in size.  Since then, 3 more small tumors (all less than 1 cm in size) have developed and the plan is to watch them along with thyroglobulin levels (TG).  My last two visits to the endocrinologist indicate rising TG levels (this should be undetectable).  My endo MD's plan is to re-test the TG level and repeat the ultrasound in April.  If the TG and/or tumor size remains the same or increases then we start treatment with radioactive iodine and whatever else is indicated.

My questions are: 

Has anyone else experienced cancers in areas outside the treated area?   Any autoimmune diseases?  Anyone else treated at the University of Cincinnati?  Thank you.

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