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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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 is the definition or description of: Parathyroid cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Parathyroid cancer?

Malignancy of: Parathyroid glands are found in association with the thyroid gland. There are 4 glands situated on top of and below the thyroid gland. The glands function to produce the hormone parathormone which controls Ca++ metabolism. Occassionally one of the glands converts to a glandular adenoma which is more functional than the gland and more rarely the adenoma converts to malignancy which causes mets ...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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What is the treatment for parathyroid cancer?

What is the treatment for parathyroid cancer?

Surgery: Parathyroid cancer is rare. The treatment is usually surgical removal of affected tissues. ...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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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

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Is it easy to feel a parathyroid tumor?

Is it easy to feel a parathyroid tumor?

No: Parathyroid tumors are rarely palpable. The diagnosis of a parathyroid tumor is based initially on the presence of elevated calcium associated with high or high normal parathyroid hormone. ...Read more

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What are the tests for parathyroid tumor?

Blood: The diagnosis is made by a combination of elevated calcium and PTH (parathormone). These are blood tests. Sometimes vitamin d levels, phosphate and chloride levels are helpful. A twenty-four hour urine assay may be useful. Once the diagnosis is established you will probably have a sestamibi scan to localize the tumor and maybe an ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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What are common parathyroid tumor symptoms?

What are common parathyroid tumor symptoms?

Signs and symptoms: An over active parathyroid gland, or hyperparathyroidism, can cause weak bones, broken bones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and anxiety. ...Read more

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Parathyroid tumor symptoms would be what kinds of things?

Parathyroid tumor symptoms would be what kinds of things?

Many symptoms: The list is long: bone pain, osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteogenesis fibrosis cystica, kidney stones, kidney failure, pancreatitis, abdominal pain, ulcers, depression, fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia mong others. The cure is surgery, surgery, surgery! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Parathyroid tumor?

Nodular lesion: 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 used to define. ...Read more

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What symptoms manifest after the formation of a parathyroid tumor?

What symptoms manifest after the formation of a parathyroid tumor?

Many symptoms: The list is long: bone pain, osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteogenesis fibrosis cystica, kidney stones, kidney failure, pancreatitis, abdominal pain, ulcers, depression, fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia mong others. The cure is surgery, surgery, surgery! ...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

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What blood levels would be abnormal and what are common symptoms of a parathyroid tumor?

High calcium: A parathyroid tumor can make too much parathyroid hormone, which will then elevate your calcium level. High calcium can lead to kidney stones, loss of bone (osteoporosis). Symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation, fatigue, mood changes, confusion (if calcium becomes very high). In your age group, surgery to remove the parathyroid would be indicated. ...Read more

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Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

Parathyroid tumor - if you had one removed, will you have to take meds like if you removed your thyroid?

No: Unlike the thyroid, people generally are born with 4 parathyroid glands. When one of them is removed, the other glands are still there to do the work. ...Read more

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I have a lump in the r side of my neck. Is a parathyroid tumor a possibility?

Unlikely: The parathyroid glands are small and rarely give rise to rumors that can be felt in the neck. The best thing for you to do is have a doctor examine you and feel the lump then plan an appropriate work up. ...Read more

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Is elevated pth but normal calcium most likely a parathyroid tumor?

Is elevated pth but normal calcium most likely a parathyroid tumor?

That's 1 possibility: Besides a parathyroid tumor, it could also be due to low vitamin d levels, or kidney failure. ...Read more

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2 DEXA scans, 2 yrs apart both tscore +3. 10.5 calcium on 3 bloodtests this year, tho varies. Pth of 25.7&31. Recent vit d of +96 brought down to 64. Parathyroid tumor?

Doesn't sound likeit: Sounds more like supplementation with vitamin d. Level of 60 may not be any better than 30-35. Several reasons for high T-score on dexa- good bones, arthritic changes (which can falsely elevate values), bone disorders. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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[for prognosis; parathyroid tumor? X-ray unremarkable. Course of action) for 93 yr old African American female]. Sensipar doubled from 30mg to 60

[for prognosis; parathyroid tumor? X-ray unremarkable. Course of action) for 93 yr old African American female]. Sensipar doubled from 30mg to 60

Treatment fine: Sensipar (cinacalcet) decreases levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and phosphorous in the body. It is used to treat hyperparathyroidism for long-term dialysis for kidney disease. It is also employed to treat hypercalcemia in patients with cancer of the parathyroid gland, and those with overactive parathyroid glands not be treated surgically. Initial dose: 30 mg increases. Op to 180mg ...Read more

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I have a TSH level of 22.38 and my T4 is 6.1 and Free T4 is 1.7. I had a portion of my thyroid removed last year during a parathyroid tumor removal.?

I have a TSH level of 22.38 and my T4 is 6.1 and Free T4 is 1.7. I had a portion of my thyroid removed last year during a parathyroid tumor removal.?

22.38: That seems like a very high number and the pituitary gland must be seen by xray to make sure it is of normal size.
Has your parathyroid gland been checked recently?
Please let me know what happens. ...Read more

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25 year old woman, I have a possible parathyroid tumor; for the past 6 months I have been getting pain in my jaw which radiates down my throat to my chest, lasts 15 minutes. Scale 1-10, pain is a 8, sometimes 9. hurts to breathe, sit, stand or lay.

25 year old woman, I have a possible parathyroid tumor; for the past 6 months I have been getting pain in my jaw which radiates down my throat to my chest, lasts 15 minutes. Scale 1-10, pain is a 8, sometimes 9. hurts to breathe, sit, stand or lay.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for brain cancer in children?

What are symptoms for brain cancer in children?

Many possibilities: See the answer given for symptoms of a brain tumor in teenagers. I think it is always best to talk to your primary care doctor if your child has some specific symptoms or signs you are concerned may be related to a brain tumor. This is a very uncommon diagnosis in children--and though possible---should be approached by your child's physician. ...Read more

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What is the most common brain cancer in children?

What is the most common brain cancer in children?

Glioma: Gliomas make up 75% of childhood brain cancer. Three main types: astrocytomas (often in the cerebellum and usually curable with surgery), malignant gliomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma), and ependymomas. Another 15% of brain cancers in children are medulloblastomas - these occur almost exclusively in children, and are more invasive and difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common cancer in children?

Please describe the most common cancer in children?

ALL: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is the most common childhood cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Steve Martinez
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Parathyroid Cancer (Definition)

Parathyroid glands are found in association with the thyroid gland. There are 4 glands situated on top of and below the thyroid gland. The glands function to produce the hormone parathormone which controls Ca++ metabolism. Occassionally one of the glands converts to a glandular adenoma which is more functional than the gland and more rarely the adenoma converts to ...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 ...Read more