Endocrine tumors occur in the tissues of the endocrine system, which includes all the glands in your body that make hormones, such as the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal gland, and pituitary glands. Tumors that form in this system include adrenal tumors, neuroendocrine tumors, parathyroid tumors, pituitary tumors, and thyroid tumors.
Because there are several types of endocrine tumors, risk factors and symptoms may vary. Discuss any symptoms you experience with your physician so he or she can recommend appropriate diagnostic tests.
Some of the symptoms of endocrine tumors include:
Your doctor may detect the presence of an endocrine tumor by ordering:
Treatment for endocrine tumors is based on the location of the tumor, its size, and whether it is metastasizing. With consideration of these factors and your overall health, your doctor may suggest:
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