Having too much calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia) is a common effect of parathyroid cancer. If you have high blood calcium, this is one of the first things your Fred Hutch team will address. We will provide treatments to reduce your blood calcium and relieve any related symptoms you might have.
Typical treatments include:
- Getting intravenous (IV) fluids and taking medicines (diuretics) to help your body excrete calcium through your urine
- Taking medicines to keep your body from absorbing calcium from food
- Taking medicines to keep your parathyroid from making parathyroid hormone (which controls your blood calcium level)
These are usually short-term treatments, used until doctors can take out your tumor surgically.