Jefferson University Hospitals

Parathyroid Cancer

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Parathyroid cancer is a rare disease in which malignant cells grow in the parathyroid gland (organs found in the neck near the thyroid gland). It is typically caused by high levels of calcium in the blood, and you may experience bone pain, fatigue, frequent thirst and urination and constipation, among other symptoms.

For expert diagnosis and treatment of parathyroid cancer, turn to the otolaryngologists and endocrinologists of the Jefferson Thyroid and Parathyroid Center. Our Center staff performs more than 250 successful thyroid and parathyroid surgeries each year.

To reach a diagnosis, our experienced otolaryngologists and endocrinologists may perform a series of tests using standard protocols consistent with the American Thyroid Association and American Endocrinology Society guidelines.

Treatment for parathyroid cancer depends on the size of the tumor, its location and whether or not it has spread to other tissues. Our staff may recommend surgery to remove the cancerous cells or radiation therapy, which uses high-dose X-rays to kill cancerous cells. The staff is continually developing and refining its practice guidelines for the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders.