Nuclear medicine therapy
Radioiodine therapy for treatment of benign thyroid disease (starting from October 2016 also malignant thyroid diseases).
Samarium therapy: pain therapy for extensive bone metastasis.
Radioiodine treatment (RIT)
Radioiodine therapy, like an operation, leads to a definite recovery of the thyroid gland. For this type of treatment, the patient takes a capsule containing radioactive iodine. It accumulates in the thyroid gland in such a radioactivity dose that destroys the excess tissue producing too much hormones. The benefits are obvious: an operation with the associated risk can be avoided. Radioiodine therapy generally does not have any accompanying effects on the patient and is not painful. Only in rare cases, during the first days of treatment, does a slight inflammation occur, which feels like an angina and is easy to treat.
The effect of the therapy does not occur until after a few weeks.
The most important drawback of radioiodine therapy in Germany is that the treatment can only be carried out under stationary conditions in specially designed stations.
The patients stay in a twin room. The room has its own bathroom, telephone and TV. During the radioiodine therapy, which takes between three and five days, depending on the size of the thyroid gland and other factors, the patients are medically treated by our doctors and nurses. Visiting relatives or friends is unfortunately forbidden by law. Patients are usually not allowed to leave their rooms. The amount of radioactivity in the thyroid gland is measured every morning for each patient. As soon as this value falls below the prescribed limit value, the patient can be discharged.
For the treatment and the pastime the patient may bring along practically everything (and after the treatment also taken again). We recommend bringing books, handicraft and possibly electronic devices.