Canadian Cancer Society logo

Parathyroid cancer

You are here: 

Supportive therapy for parathyroid cancer

The symptoms and related health problems of parathyroid cancer are almost always caused by increased calcium levels in the blood due to the parathyroid gland producing too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). PTH regulates the calcium level in the blood.

Hypercalcemia is a condition caused by increased amounts of calcium in the blood. The goal of treatment of hypercalcemia caused by parathyroid cancer is to decrease the secretion of PTH.

Supportive therapy may be used to:

  • reduce the blood calcium level to normal before surgery
  • treat high calcium levels caused by recurrent disease or metastatic disease

Stories

Lisa Hamel I’m living proof that one can lead a normal life after cancer.

Read Lisa's story

A home away from home

Illustration of house

For cancer patients who must travel a great distance to get to treatment, Canadian Cancer Society lodges offer a welcoming place to stay.

Learn more