Goals of RAI Therapy in Differentiated Thyroid Cancer (1)

RAI therapy typeGoalPotential benefit
Remnant ablationDestroy normal thyroid tissue remaining after total thyroidectomyImprove initial staging; facilitate highly sensitive follow-up
Adjuvant treatmentDestroy subclinical microscopic tumor deposits that may be presentDecrease recurrence; improve disease-specific survival
Treatment of known residual/recurrent diseaseDestroy known residual/recurrent diseaseAchieve excellent response (remission)
Improve disease-specific survival
Improve progression-free survival