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Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Treatment

Our Treatment Approach

Because we see more patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia than most programs, we have a higher level of experience and skill in treating these rare and complex diseases. This can give you a better chance for successful treatment.

Surgery is often the main therapy for MEN. Like all surgeries, surgery to treat multiple endocrine neoplasia is most successful when performed by a specialist with a great deal of experience in the particular procedure. MD Anderson surgeons are among the most skilled and recognized in the world. They perform many surgeries for MEN each year, using the least-invasive and most-effective techniques.

Our MEN Treatments

If you are diagnosed with multiple endocrine neoplasia, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including the type of disease and your general health. Your treatment for MEN will be customized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the disease or help relieve symptoms.

Surgery: Many times, the affected gland can be surgically removed to treat symptoms caused by MEN. Hyperparathyroidism caused by MEN1 is typically treated with surgical removal of three-and-a-half of the four parathyroid glands, although sometimes all four glands are removed, with a portion of the parathyroid gland inserted into the forearm.

Medicines to help balance hormone levels or treat symptoms: Except for insulinoma, the effects of hormone-secreting pancreatic tumors in MEN1 are typically well managed with medication.

Radiation therapy: New radiation therapy techniques and remarkable skill allow MD Anderson doctors to target tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells.

Active surveillance (“watch and wait”): Sometimes, your doctor may suggest carefully monitoring MEN to see if it progresses or can be managed with medication.

If you have been diagnosed with multiple endocrine neoplasia, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • One of most-active multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) programs
  • Personalized team approach to complex conditions
  • Advanced treatments for MEN
  • Genetic testing and counseling
  • Active research program offers clinical trials for multiple endocrine neoplasia

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Our MEN Clinical Trials

Because of our status as one of the world’s premier cancer centers, MD Anderson participates in many clinical trials (research studies). Sometimes they are a patient’s best option for treatment. Other times, they help researchers learn how to treat diseases and improve the future of treatment.

To find out more about clinical trials at MD Anderson for multiple endocrine neoplasia, visit our Clinical Trials database or speak to your doctor.


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