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My mother was diagnosed with parathyroid cancer. Can you tell me about it?

My mother was diagnosed with parathyroid cancer. Can you tell me about it?

Parathyroid cancer: Sorry about your mother. Parathyroid cancer is quite a rare cancer. From 1988 - 2003, only 224 patients with parathyroid carcinoma were identified by the seer. Patients with parathyroid carcinomas are more likely to have symptoms, a neck mass, bone and kidney disease, increase calcium in the blood, and very high serum parathyroid hormone.Treatment is surgery. It is resistant to chemo or radiation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I read one news about parathyroid cancer. Is it a common condition?

I read one news about parathyroid cancer. Is it a common condition?

Very, very rare.: While parathyroid tumors are very common, they are almost-always benign. Cancer may be more likely with very high calcium levels or palpable tumors. ...Read more

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How do you treat esophageal and parathyroid cancer?

How do you treat esophageal and parathyroid cancer?

Surgery, radiation: And chemotherapy. Parathyroid cancer is treated by surgery. Esophageal cancer may require multi-modality treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Does anyone have some information on parathyroid cancer?

Does anyone have some information on parathyroid cancer?

Rare: It is a very rare cause of high levels of calcium in the blood. It requires surgery and close follow up. ...Read more

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What are the tests for parathyroid cancer?

What are the tests for parathyroid cancer?

Start with blood: A parathyroid tumor will announce itself as a high serum calcium on routine lab work with or without a neck mass that rises on swallowing. Without, the high calcium will prompt imaging studies in search of neck or nearby mass. This will be excised. 1 in 1000 people needs a parathyroid tumor removed but the large majority are benign and many parathyroid cancers are cured by the surger. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of parathyroid cancer?

What are the symptoms of parathyroid cancer?

PTH and CA high: Usually parathyroid cancer is seen with large parathyroid gland, very high PTH and very high blood calcium, but even then it may not be cancer. The surgeon can sometimes tell. Pathology is difficult to be certain. Only when parathyroid spreads to other areas can one be 100% sure it's cancer. It's rare. ...Read more

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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop parathyroid tumor?

Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop parathyroid tumor?

Both: Some of parathyroid tumors have no genetic bearing then you can call it bad luck, others hane genetic link as in men syndromes. ...Read more

Dr. Alen Cohen
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Parathyroid Tumor (Definition)

There are 4 parathyroid glands. One each situated in upper and lower pole region of the thyroid. The glands which are soft and no larger than 3-4 mm are almost flat. The tumor is firm and round, and may expand the gland out. The tumors may or may not be symptomatic and based on overexpression of the parathyroid hormone. Should gland migrate say into mediastinum then imaging ...Read more


Dr. Steve Martinez
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Parathyroid Cancer (Definition)

Parathyroid cancer is malignant growth of the parathyroid glands ...Read more