Parathyroid cancer

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Treatment of localized parathyroid cancer

The following are treatment options for localized parathyroid cancer. The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer.

Surgery

Surgery is the primary treatment for localized parathyroid cancer. The types of surgery are:

  • en bloc resection to remove the entire tumour and nearby tissue
  • lymphadenectomy (removal of lymph nodes) to remove enlarged or firm lymph nodes in the neck

Supportive therapy

Supportive therapy may be offered for localized parathyroid cancer. Supportive therapy to treat hypercalcemia is given to bring calcium in the blood to normal levels before surgery.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be offered for localized parathyroid cancer. External beam radiation therapy may be given following surgery to reduce the chance of local recurrence.

Clinical trials

People with parathyroid cancer may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.

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