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Cancer’s most isolated patients
Los Angeles Times

She has had four surgeries to remove her thyroid, parathyroid and vocal cord nerve, along with muscle and tissue.

Once a year, she goes to a hospital and swallows a radioactive iodine capsule to attack the remaining cancer cells — and then remains in isolation for four days. During what she calls her quarantine, she can’t touch — or even be in the same room as — anyone else. The treatment causes soreness, swelling, nausea and headaches.