Parathyroid Cancer Treatment
The type of parathyroid cancer treatment that a patient will receive depends on a variety of factors. As with all cancers, the stage of the tumor along with the patient’s age, medical history, and overall health must be taken into account; however there are other important considerations as well. Parathyroid cancer, which affects one or more of the parathyroid glands, will often result in increased production of parathyroid hormone (PTH). This, in turn, may result in hypercalcemia, which is marked by an overabundance of calcium in a person’s blood, a condition that can cause significant medical complications, such problems with the kidneys, heart, and nervous system.
Tampa General Hospital has a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other specialists that has extensive experience providing comprehensive treatment for parathyroid cancer, related conditions such as hypercalcemia, and other cancers that affect the head and neck. Some of the approaches we may take to treat parathyroid cancer include:
- Surgery – Our highly experienced surgeons utilize leading technologies to remove as much of a parathyroid tumor as possible. Minimally invasive robotic surgery is commonly used.
- Radiation therapy – We direct high-energy beams at the tumor to destroy cancerous cells. Often, this approach will be used to eliminate parts of a tumor that couldn’t be safely removed in surgery.
- Chemotherapy – Our cancer specialists determine which combination of powerful medications will be best suited for each individual patient’s condition.
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