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Parathyroid Disease Treatment

Our Treatment Approach

As one of the nation’s most active programs for the treatment of endocrine disorders, MD Anderson has a level of experience and skill that surpasses most other centers. This level of expertise can mean a higher likelihood of successful treatment.

Like all surgeries, parathyroid disease surgery 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 a larger number of surgeries for parathyroid disease than most cancer centers, using the least-invasive and most-effective techniques.

Our Parathyroid Disease Treatments

If you are diagnosed with parathyroid disease, 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 parathyroid disease will be customized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the cancer or help relieve symptoms.

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

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • High level of experience with this disease
  • Treatment for both benign and rare, malignant types
  • Accurate diagnosis by specialized pathologists
  • Skilled surgeons, advanced techniques, including minimally invasive procedures
  • Clinical trials of new therapies

Parathyroid Disease Knowledge Center

Treatment at MD Anderson

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The main treatment for parathyroid cancer is surgical removal of the parathyroid gland where the tumor is located. This is called a parathyroidectomy.

Open parathyroidectomy: The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in the neck and examines the parathyroid glands during surgery. Rarely, the abnormal gland(s) cannot be found and more extensive surgery is needed.

Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy: Most carefully selected patients can have minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. In this procedure, a fiber-optic scope is used to remove the parathyroid gland. This may mean a shorter hospital stay and easier recovery. If the abnormal parathyroid gland(s) cannot be found during this type of surgery, you may need an open parathyroidectomy.

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. Radiation therapy is sometimes used after surgery for parathyroid cancer, especially for patients at high risk of the cancer coming back or because cancer cells remain in the body after surgery.

Medicine to reduce parathyroid hormone and control levels of calcium in blood.

Our Clinical Trials

Because we are one of the world’s premier cancer centers, MD Anderson participates in clinical trials (research studies) for parathyroid disorders. Sometimes they are your best option for treatment. Other times, they help researchers learn how to treat disease and improve the future for other patients.

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

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