Endocrine Cancer Treatment
Endocrine cancer care at Rush may include one of more of the following treatment options, depending on the type and stage of the cancer.
These treatments — which involve, using drugs to treat cancerous cells — play only a limited role in the treatment of endocrine cancers.
Rush’s wide array of radiation therapy options allows treatment to be tailored to each patient. While radiation plays only a limited role in treating endocrine cancers, patients with endocrine cancer who require radiation are treated by a member of the radiation oncology team who focuses on endocrine cancer; this focus gives physicians a unique understanding of how to most effectively treat endocrine cancer using the following technology available at Rush, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery.
An endocrine surgeon can remove the tumor and all or part of the affected gland. The surgeon is skilled in traditional procedures and minimally invasive robotic surgeries.
Radioactive iodine therapy
Small amounts of radioactive iodine are administered in liquid or capsule form and can destroy thyroid cancer cells, including those that remain after surgery and those that have spread to other parts of the body.
Administering hormones to certain patients can kill cancer cells, slow the growth of cancer cells or stop cancer cells from growing. This therapy can also replace the natural thyroid hormone after surgery or radioactive iodine therapy.
Some rehabilitation may be required after endocrine cancer treatment. Rehabilitation specialists at Rush offer a complete program of rehabilitative services to help you recover and restore function that may have been affected by endocrine cancer or treatments. Our program includes both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist before you begin treatment to ensure you are aware of all treatment options and are comfortable with your course of treatment.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Rush offers complementary and alternative medicine therapies through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program. These therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery and massage, can enhance traditional cancer therapies by easing muscle tension, reducing stress and anxiety, decreasing nausea, relieving pain and increasing energy.
Our endocrine cancer specialists work together to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.