Treating parathyroid cancer with precision and compassion
Parathyroid cancer affects any of the four pea-sized glands that sit next to the thyroid. These glands make parathyroid hormone (PTH), which helps regulate calcium in the blood. Parathyroid cancer is a rare type of head and neck cancer, with fewer than 100 cases per year.
It’s one of the many cancers we treat at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. With a proven integrated approach, our experts and specialists work together to ensure your best quality of life during treatment. We’re here to help – whether you need a second opinion from experts or want to learn more about our approach. Call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to speak with our oncology information specialists.
Causes and symptoms of parathyroid cancer
Experts do not fully understand what causes parathyroid cancer, although a family history of the disease may increase your risk.
Having too much PTH – also known as hyperparathyroidism – causes the symptoms of parathyroid cancer. They include:
- Lump in the neck
- Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite
- Bone pain
- Confusion or difficulty speaking
- Fatigue or weakness
- Urinating or being thirstier than usual
A noncancerous parathyroid condition can also cause these symptoms. High PTH levels can be dangerous, so see your primary care provider for an expert diagnosis and prompt treatment.
Treating parathyroid cancer at Goshen Center for Cancer Care
Most parathyroid tumors are noncancerous and not very aggressive. Surgery to remove the gland is the most common treatment for parathyroid cancer. Radiation therapy may follow surgery to improve the outcome of getting rid of the cancer.
We focus on healing every part of you, so our providers incorporate other therapies into your treatment plan, such as:
For expert cancer treatment, trust the multidisciplinary team at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. Request an appointment online or call (888) 492-4673 (HOPE) to get started.
Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides complete care for parathyroid cancer in Goshen, IN, for patients from Warsaw, Fort Wayne, South Bend and beyond.