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The predominant therapy for parathyroid cancer is surgical resection. Adjunctive supportive therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation may be required. Supportive therapy for parathyroid cancer includes IV fluids, diuretics, and calcimimetic agents.
- There are different types of treatment for patients with parathyroid cancer.
- Treatment includes the control of hypercalcemia among patients who have an overactive parathyroid gland.
- Four types of standard treatment are used:
- Radiation therapy
- Supportive care
- Follow-up tests may be needed
- Supportive care is given to lessen the problems caused by the disease or its treatment. Supportive care for hypercalcemia caused by parathyroid cancer may include the following:
- Intravenous (IV) fluids
- Antiresorptive agents such as biphosphonates, gallium, or mithramycin
- Calcimimetic agents that directly block secretion of the parathyroid hormone from the glands
- Gallium nitrate to reduce the calcium levels
- Calcitonin to control the calcium levels
- ↑ Parathyroid cancer. Cancer.gov (2015). http://www.cancer.gov/types/parathyroid/hp Accessed on December 29, 2015