Endocrine Tumor Treatment in Utah
Endocrine tumors affect the organs that make hormones. Hormones are chemicals that travel through your bloodstream and send signals that control body functions such as growth and development, metabolism, mood and reproduction.
Endocrine Tumor Symptoms:
Symptoms of endocrine tumors vary according to tumor type. If your child has an endocrine tumor, you may see some of these general symptoms:
- A thickening or lump in any part of the body
- Ongoing pain in a specific area
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Feeling nervous
- Feeling irritable
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea or other changes in bowel or bladder habits
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Intestinal bleeding
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
- Facial flushing (red cheeks that feel warm)
Endocrine Tumor Treatment Options:
Multiple treatments may be used to treat endocrine tumors including the following:
- Surgery is considered the best way to treat most endocrine tumors.
- Chemotherapy works by killing fast-growing cells, including cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy uses focused, high-energy photon beams to destroy cancer cells.
- Hormone therapy uses thyroid hormone pills to discourage the growth of cancer cells.