Parathyroid Cancer: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2015

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of tumor and how to treat it. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Doctors are working to learn more about parathyroid cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

  • Better treatment for hypercalcemia. Researchers are exploring new medications to reduce calcium levels in the blood.

  • Tumor genetics. Researchers are looking at the genes, molecular structure, and other features of parathyroid tumors, to learn more about them.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current parathyroid cancer treatments in order to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

  • Genetics. Research is underway to learn more about why this type of tumor can run in certain families. See the Risk Factors section for more information.

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