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Quality of Life, Recombinant TSH (Thyrogen) and Thyroid Cancer

Information source: Copenhagen University Hospital at Herlev
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Condition(s) targeted: Thyroid Cancer

Intervention: rhTSH (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Copenhagen University Hospital at Herlev

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Birte Nygaard, Md, PhD, Study Chair, Affiliation: dept of endocrinology,Herlev Hospital


To evaluate quality of life in patients after 10 days pause of thyroid medication (Liothyronine) compared to treatment with recombinant TSH (Thyrogen) before radioiodine uptake and treatment in a double-blinded, randomised cross-over design.

Clinical Details

Official title: Is it Possible to Increase Quality of Life, Using Recombinant TSH Instead of Withdrawal of Thyroid Hormone Treatment, Before Iodine Uptake in Patients With Thyroid Cancer?

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: quality of life

Detailed description: Patients with a thyroid follicular or papillary cancer referred to radioiodine treatment in oncological department . The patients after thyroidectomy will be treated with Liothyronine and this treatment will be paused 10 days before radioiodine. As a routine these patients will be re-evaluated with iodine uptake 4 months later. The patients will be randomised to either T3 pause related to the first radioiodine

treatment and Thyrogen injection (recombinant TSH) related to the second treatment/uptake -

or Thyrogen related to the first treatment and T3 pause related to the second treatment /uptake. All medication given in the 10 days period right before radioiodine treatment/uptake will be delivered to the patients and marked with a protocol number. In the period with T3 pause the patients will be given placebo tablets and an injection of saline (instead of Thyrogen) before treatment/uptake at the similar time as given the Thyrogen injection. A nurse otherwise not involved in the study will give the injection. Patients will be evaluated by VAS, SF-36, and Eortc QLC30 (version 2. 0) before radioiodine treatment and 3 weeks after treatment.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 75 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Follicular or papillary thyroid cancer

Exclusion Criteria:

- < 18 or > 75 years old

- Pregnant or lactating women

Locations and Contacts

Dept of Oncology, Herlev Hospital, Herlev dk- 2730, Denmark
Additional Information

Starting date: February 2008
Last updated: January 9, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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