What are endocrine cancers?
Endocrine cancers originate in your endocrine system, which is responsible for producing hormones in your body. Your endocrine system consists of the thyroid, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal, thymus, adrenal and pituitary glands. Endocrine cancers can have wide-ranging effects on patients since these glands are located in different parts of the body and produce hormones for a wide variety of functions. Endocrine tumors originate in cells that create and secrete hormones, so these tumors can cause serious illness since they can produce their own hormones.
According to The Ohio State University, an estimated 27,650 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer of the endocrine system this year. Of those new cases, more than 25,000 will be thyroid cancer and less than 2,000 will be other types of endocrine cancer. More than 60,000 people were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the United States in 2013, but other types of endocrine cancer are rare. For more information on thyroid cancers and to learn what the symptoms, risk factors, causes, and treatment options are please see the Thyroid Cancer page.
Our oncologists and specialists understand the complexities of endocrine cancers and provide treatment plans designed specifically for individual patients since each patient's needs and cancer are unique.
For more information on adrenal cancers and to find out more about the symptoms and treatment options, please see the Adrenal Cancers page. Our endocrine cancer physicians and specialists are dedicated to fighting cancer with you as a team and providing you with the most compassionate care possible.