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Radiation therapy can also be used to kill cancer cells. Learn more about radiation therapy.
We often use radiation therapy following surgery. There are two ways you can receive radiation therapy:
Radioactive iodine: This is the most common way to deliver radiation therapy. You swallow radioactive iodine. Because thyroid cells take up iodine, the radioactive iodine travels to any thyroid tissue remaining in the body and kills the cancer cells.
External beam radiation therapy: We can also deliver radiation therapy via a machine outside of the body. We use this for more aggressive cases of thyroid cancer. Learn more about external beam radiation therapy.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.