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PARATHYROID CANCER

Parathyroid Cancer Treated at Tampa General Hospital

Parathyroid cancer forms in one or more of the parathyroid glands, which are four pea-sized organs located at the base of the neck. A part of the endocrine system, the parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone (PTH), a protein hormone that performs the essential function of helping the body to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood by regulating its storage and use.

Both malignant and benign parathyroid tumors are rare. However, because parathyroid cancer affects a hormone-producing organ, it can have a widespread impact on the body. For example, when a benign tumor forms on a parathyroid gland, it may result in a condition known as hyperparathyroidism, which is an overproduction of PTH. This in turn may result in hypercalcemia – too much calcium in the blood – which, in many cases, is more serious than the tumor itself and can have numerous negative effects, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Nervous system problems
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

At Tampa General Hospital, we take a comprehensive approach to the treatment of parathyroid cancer. Our team of highly experienced surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other cancer specialists creates treatment plans that correspond to each patient’s unique condition in an effort to ensure the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome. Tampa General Hospital has earned “high performing” designation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23, meaning we are ranked among the top 10% of U.S. hospitals. Additionally, Tampa General Hospital is ranked in the top 50 in the nation and the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for Diabetes & Endocrinology.

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