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Parathyroid Cancer Symptoms

Many of the most noticeable parathyroid cancer symptoms are not a result of the cancer itself, which, in some cases, can make the condition difficult to diagnose. When a malignant or benign tumor develops on one or more of a person’s four parathyroid glands, it will often cause an increase in the production of parathyroid hormone (PTH), which is critical to maintaining normal calcium levels in the blood. The overproduction of this hormone will often result in too much calcium in the blood, a condition known as hypercalcemia, which can cause many serious and potentially life-threatening complications that affect the bones, kidneys, nervous system, or other areas of the body.

While there are some parathyroid cancer symptoms, such as a lump in the neck, that are caused by the tumor itself, many of the warning signs are the result of hypercalcemia and can include:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the bones

It is important to note that parathyroid cancer symptoms are also typical of symptoms experienced due to many other conditions, and a comprehensive examination is required to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. For those who have been diagnosed with parathyroid cancer, Tampa General Hospital offers comprehensive cancer treatment. Because of the complications that this form of cancer can cause throughout the body, the TGH team develops a customized approach for each patient to address his or her unique condition. We have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining outstanding treatment outcomes through the use of leading-edge technologies and a multidisciplinary approach.

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