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Recombinant Human TSH - Three-Week Regimen

This information explains the three-week regimen for your recombinant human TSH treatment.

Start the low iodine diet ___ days prior to day 1.

Drink at least 8 glasses (8 ounces each) of decaffeinated liquids a day. Beverages include water and drinks in the low iodine diet guidelines.

The first week you will come to the hospital Monday through Saturday. You will have blood work and scans. During the second week you will receive your treatment. During the third week you will have a post-treatment scan. The schedule generally looks like this:

 

Week 1

Diagnostic
Testing

Day 1

(2-3 hours)

Blood work

Recombinant human TSH

Day 2

(30-60 min.)

Recombinant human TSH

Day 3

(4-6 hours)

Blood work

Diagnostic dose of radioactive iodine

Radiation
measurement

Day 4

(90 min.)

Blood work

Scan

Radiation measurement

Day 5

(90 min.)

Blood work

Scan

Radiation measurement

Day 6

(90 min.)

Blood work

Scan

Radiation measurement

Week 2

Therapy

(May start Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)

 

(30 minutes)

Recombinant human TSH injection

(30 minutes)

Recombinant human TSH injection

Therapeutic dose of radioactive iodine

   

Week 3

Follow-up

Post-treatment scan is done approximately one week after your treatment and will be arranged by Nuclear Medicine before you are sent home.

Other tests that may be needed:

  • Women will have blood drawn before treatment to ensure that they are not pregnant. This is a hospital requirement for treatment.