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What are the tests for parathyroid cancer?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Eric Whitman
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Calcium and surgery

Parathyroid cancer is very very rare.
Usually patients have very high calcium levels, sometimes dangerously high. Parathyroid cancers may not be diagnosed until a biopsy is done during surgery.

In brief: Calcium and surgery

Parathyroid cancer is very very rare.
Usually patients have very high calcium levels, sometimes dangerously high. Parathyroid cancers may not be diagnosed until a biopsy is done during surgery.
Dr. Eric Whitman
Dr. Eric Whitman
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