Parathyroid Cancer Diagnosis

Parathyroid cancer may be hard to diagnose because the noncancerous cells of an adenoma and parathyroid cancer look alike. Generally, neck and blood tests are used to find and diagnose parathyroid cancer.

Diagnosing Parathyroid Cancer at Fletcher Allen

Our knowledgeable endocrinologists and radiation oncologists are specially trained in advanced technology.  Parathyroid cancer diagnosis may include:

  • Angiogram 
  • Parathyroid Hormone Test and other Blood Tests
  • Imaging, such as:
  • Sestamibi Scan - A type of radionuclide scan used to find an overactive parathyroid gland.  A small amount of radioactive substance injected into a vein collects in the overactive gland and shows up brightly on a special camera that identifies radioactivity.
  • Medical History - The doctor asks about any medical problems or illnesses, previous injuries, current symptoms or daily activities that may be causing your parathyroid cancer symptoms. 
  • Physical Examination looks at overall health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual.

Learn more about parathyroid cancer treatment.

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