Treating Parathyroid Tumors

At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As a parathyroid cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board of parathyroid cancer experts not only discuss standard approaches to endocrine cancer care, but also formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning approach helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

The individualized, comprehensive care provided by our topflight endocrine surgical oncologists at Scott & White Healthcare offers you an excellent prognosis for your parathyroid tumors and parathyroid cancer. Our surgical, radiation and medical oncologists are specially trained in the most current therapies, ensuring you the most advanced and progressive treatments available.

Our top-of-the-line imaging services coupled with our advanced treatment techniques set you well on the path to recovery.

As a Scott & White patient, you'll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.

We have a comprehensive, interdisciplinary cancer treatment program at Scott & White. You'll have senior staff physicians involved in all aspects of your diagnosis, evaluation, surgical treatment and post-operative care and follow-up. That's part of the excellence of Scott & White.

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, Endocrine Surgeon and Chief of Surgical Oncology

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available. We lead the way in advancing new therapies.

Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

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Your Treatment Options

Hypercalcemia is a condition that causes dangerously high levels of calcium in your blood. It often accompanies parathyroid cancer. If you have hypercalcemia, your physician team will work to stabilize your blood calcium levels. Your physician may prescribe a medication that reduces your blood calcium level.

Once your parathyroid tumor is removed, you may no longer need the hypercalcemia medication.

Parathyroid tumors (hyperparathyroidism) are almost always noncancerous and treated with surgery. However, in the rare instances when a parathyroid tumors is cancerous, a combination of treatment methods may be needed. Treatment options include:

Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options

These important factors help determine which treatment option is best for you:

  • Type, stage and location of tumor
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your age and general health
  • Your surgical history
  • Your personal preference

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