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Radiation Safety in the Management of Patients Undergoing Radioactive Iodine Ablation Therapy

Monica Beck
CJON 2015, 19(1), 44-46 DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.44-46

High-dose radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer poses risks to healthcare workers, family members, and the public. Oncology nurses can effectively manage these risks by employing the three key principles of time, distance, and shielding.

At a Glance

  • The use of high-dose radioiodine therapy is increasing in tandem with the rising incidence rate of thyroid cancer.
  • In inpatient settings, oncology nurses should use the principles of time, distance, and shielding to minimize radiation risks to visitors and staff.
  • In outpatient settings, oncology nurses should carefully educate patients about minimizing risks to others at home and in the community.

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