About Parathyroid Cancer
The parathyroid gland is actually four small glands in the neck near the thyroid gland. Part of the endocrine system, the parathyroid gland makes the parathyroid hormone (PTH), which regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. A cancerous tumor that forms on the parathyroid can often cause high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia) and other problems. Board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman perform total and partial parathyroidectomy surgery to remove the cancer. With locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, patients can schedule appointments at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas nearest them to learn more about their parathyroid cancer treatment options.
"My experience was much better than I expected, Dr Corsten and the entire staff made me feel very comfortable and I am very appreciative ."- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"I recently had to have a forehead flap procedure performed by Dr. Ducic. He is a blessing with his skill and knowledge. It's amazing how hard he works as well as his very talented staff. The office staff are exceptional. Especially Selena Murray who went out of her way to make sure all of my concerns were addressed by Dr. Ducic. He's very busy but he does a great job at making you understand exactly what can or can't be done. I highly recommend this team of professionals."- P.R. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2018
"AMAZING Doctor and staff!! I highly recommend for rhinoplasty and facial work!"- S.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 30, 2018
"#Crisalix"- S.K. / Facebook / Aug 01, 2018
"I came for a consult and was put on the schedule for surgery the same day (for roughly a month later). The girls in the office are fantastic and efficient and great with follow up calls and scheduling, etc. Dr. Kelling is lovely and we talked extensively about my history and concerns about my procedure (no fancy stuff, just airflow issues). As for my procedure (septoplasty and much needed turbinate reduction), I am overwhelmingly overjoyed at being able to breathe freely agai...n. I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and alert and I ask myself if I even need a cup of coffee. I’m no longer a slave to caffeine in the morning, I just drink it because I enjoy it. I can now smell colors! Ok, maybe not colors, but I am moved to tears at least once a day at all the things I can smell and taste again after nearly a decade of deficient airflow. My only regret is I did not find Dr. Saman sooner. Though I did not take advantage of his artistic talent in rhinoplasty (though I would have totally gone for it five years ago), I felt like it was best to overshoot rather than undershoot when it comes to a surgeon’s skill. He is very transparent about his procedures and techniques on social media, I found him on Snapchat and followed on Instragram as well and I have to say it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable and confident he could help me. Thank you Dr. Saman! You have helped me heal in more ways than I can express."- J.A. / Facebook / Jul 10, 2018
If parathyroid cancer is suspected, an ultrasound may be ordered to better understand the size, location, and characteristics of the mass on the patient's parathyroid. The most common symptoms of parathyroid cancer are:
- A lump in the neck
- Bone pain
- Confusion or difficulty speaking
- Excessive urination
- Hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood)
- Stomach pain
- Weakness or fatigue
If parathyroid cancer is diagnosed, a biopsy may be performed to help determine the patient's best treatment plan. Surgery is commonly advised to remove some (or all) of the parathyroid to eliminate the cancerous areas and prevent the tumor from spreading. After the procedure, the excised tissue will be examined to determine if the patient is cancer free or if further treatment is needed. In some cases, radiation therapy is used along with surgery. Our doctors of the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas are also happy to work together with a patient's oncology team.
What to Expect
After a parathyroidectomy, patients may need hormone therapy or supplements to help perform the functions of the parathyroid. Blood tests may be needed to monitor the levels of PTH and calcium in the body, as well as ultrasounds and other imaging studies that check for recurrence of neck cancer. Patients should schedule regular check-ups with our doctor and report any side effects.
Plan Your Procedure
Surgical Options for Cancer
Patients in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas who have been diagnosed with or have symptoms of head and neck cancer are encouraged to see our board-certified otolaryngologist surgeons at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas. With years of experience and skill in advanced surgical techniques, patients may have more options with us than they think when treating parathyroid cancer.