Second Primary Malignancy Risk After Radioactive Iodine Treatment for Thyroid Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Division of Endocrinology and Department of Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Thyroid: official journal of the American Thyroid Association (Impact Factor: 4.49). 04/2009; 19(5):451-7. DOI: 10.1089/thy.2008.0392
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The risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs) associated with cancer therapies is an important concern of thyroid cancer survivors and physicians. Our objective was to determine if the risk of SPMs is increased in individuals with thyroid cancer treated with radioactive iodine (RAI), compared to those not treated with RAI.
We performed a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis. Two independent reviewers screened citations and reviewed full-text papers. If not reported by the primary authors, the relative risk (RR) of SPMs was calculated by dividing the standardized incidence ratio of SPM in individuals with thyroid cancer treated with RAI compared to those not treated with RAI (with associated 95% confidence intervals [CI]). The natural logarithms of RRs of respective SPMs, weighted by the inverse of the variance, were pooled using fixed effects models and the exponential of the results was reported.
Two multi-center studies (one from Europe and the other from North America) were included in this review. The RR of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI was significantly increased at 1.19 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04, 1.36, p = 0.010), relative to thyroid cancer survivors not treated with RAI (data from 16,502 individuals), using a minimum latency period of 2 to 3 years after thyroid cancer diagnosis. The RR of leukemia was also significantly increased in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI, with an RR of 2.5 (95% CI 1.13, 5.53, p = 0.024). We did not observe a significantly increased risk of the following cancers related to prior RAI treatment: bladder, breast, central nervous system, colon and rectum, digestive tract, stomach, pancreas, kidney (and renal pelvis), lung, or melanoma of skin.
The risk of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI is slightly increased compared to thyroid cancer survivors not treated with RAI.

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    • "In a review and meta-analysis of two multicenter studies (one from Europe and the other from North America), Sawka et al. (2009) concluded that the risk of SPMs in thyroid cancer survivors treated with RAI is slightly increased compared with thyroid cancer survivors not treated with RAI. Tuttle's group has recently published an analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database and concluded that RAI therapy needed to be 'rationed' in low-risk DTC patients (Iyer et al. 2011). "
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    • "Such patients will have received a total body irradiation of 450 millisievert (mSv) and may have suffered from side effects such as nausea, sialoadenitis, loss of taste, or reduced spermatogenesis. Furthermore, their risk of secondary malignancies has increased [31,32]. All induced by a treatment from which they derived no benefit. "
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    • "However, 131I is considered a very useful radionuclide in reducing thyroid activity, nevertheless, as a genotoxic agent that may produce secondary cancer incidence in patients.[212223] Incidence of leukemia was significantly increased in patients after iodine therapy.[23] 131I emits gamma and beta rays. "
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