Specialized endocrine tumor care in Dallas
When you’re facing a complex endocrine tumor or condition, the Endocrine Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Dallas offers expert care. We give you access to innovative services and treatments—all through one dedicated center.
Our specialized cancer center provides advanced therapies and minimally invasive procedures for tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands. We bring together multiple specialists on the medical staff to tailor your care and support you from diagnosis to recovery.
- Adrenal tumors
- Anaplastic thyroid cancer
- Cowden syndrome
- Cushing’s disease and syndrome
- Follicular thyroid cancer
- Medullary thyroid cancer
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia
- Papillary thyroid cancer
- Parathyroid cancer
- Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma syndrome
- Pituitary tumors
- Thyroid nodules (goiter)
- Von Hippel Lindau disease
Your adrenal glands produce many adrenal hormones, and adrenal tumors can cause excessive amounts of these. While small adrenal tumors may be monitored by imaging studies, you may need surgery to remove a tumor if it becomes too large or is cancerous. Medications and radiation therapy may also be used to decrease hormone production and shrink the tumor.
Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a fast-growing type of thyroid cancer with an average survival rate of six months. This type of cancer makes up less than 2% of all thyroid cancer cases. Because anaplastic thyroid care is extremely rare, it’s important to be evaluated at a center with an experienced team of doctors. Your cancer treatment may involve surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
This genetic disorder can put you at an increased risk of developing several types of cancer, including thyroid cancer. If you have thyroid cancer related to Cowden syndrome, your doctor may refer you to genetic counseling.
Cushing’s disease is a type of Cushing’s syndrome caused by a pituitary tumor that creates too much cortisol in the body. One of the most common treatments for Cushing’s disease is surgery to remove the tumor. Some patients may also be treated with medication or radiation therapy.
About 10-15% of thyroid cancers are follicular thyroid carcinoma. This type of cancer rarely spreads to lymph nodes. Instead, it can spread through the blood to bones and lungs. Your treatment may include the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland, radioactive iodine, or thyroid hormone suppression. More advanced cases may require external beam radiation or systemic therapy.
Making up 1-2% of all thyroid cancers, medullary thyroid cancer comes from the cells in the thyroid that make the hormone calcitonin. Treatment involves removing the entire thyroid and the affected lymph nodes. Your doctor will likely refer you to a genetic counselor because medullary thyroid cancer can run in families.
In this condition, multiple endocrine glands in your body grow benign or cancerous tumors or have excessive growth. There are several types of multiple endocrine neoplasia, and they are linked to genetic causes. Depending on the areas of your body affected, you may have surgery to remove the tumors and thyroid or be treated with medication.
This slow-growing type of cancer makes up as many as 80% of thyroid cancers. Some cases of papillary thyroid cancer are related to a genetic condition called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Papillary thyroid treatment may include removing all or part of the thyroid gland and affected lymph nodes, radioactive iodine treatment or thyroid hormone suppression therapy. More advanced cases may require external beam radiation or systemic therapy.
Parathyroid cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects one of your four parathyroid glands in your neck. Treatment for parathyroid cancer includes surgery, radioactive iodine, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, thyroid hormone suppression therapy, bisphosphonate, voice therapy and genetic testing and counseling.
Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma syndrome is a hereditary syndrome that causes tumors in the adrenal glands or neuroendocrine tissue. These types of tumors are rare and have been connected to several genetic mutations, including mutations in the SDH genes.
The pituitary gland in the central brain produces multiple hormones that control other hormone production throughout the body. If you have a pituitary tumor, careful evaluation is needed. Some pituitary tumors are best treated with medications, and other tumors require surgery. Radiation therapy may also be used to treat pituitary tumors.
As much as 30% of people develop nodules inside of their thyroid gland. Most of these nodules are benign, but rarely they can be cancerous. If you have thyroid nodules, you may have a biopsy or fine needle aspiration to evaluate the nodules and classify them. A detailed discussion with an experienced physician is important to decide your next steps after a biopsy.
This rare genetic disorder causes tumors in the body. These tumors are usually noncancerous, but some can be cancerous. Because the condition affects many parts of your body, it’s important to have care from a team with multiple specialists. You may have surgery to remove tumors, as well as other treatments like radiation therapy.
Endocrine tumor treatment options
Treatment for endocrine tumors depends on many factors, such as the type of tumor, stage, other conditions and your unique health and preferences. We offer many endocrine tumor treatment options and services to create a plan of care that fits your needs, including:
- Diagnostic testing and imaging
- Radiation therapy
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Radioactive iodine therapy
- Thyroid hormone suppression therapy
- Voice therapy
- Genetic testing and counseling
- Clinical trials
- Continued monitoring and follow-up
Texas Immuno-Oncology Biorepository (TIOB)
The Texas Immuno-Oncology Biorepository (TIOB) is a research facility that collects, catalogs and stores samples of biological material, such as urine, blood, stool, tissue, cells, DNA, RNA and protein, in an effort to improve our understanding of cancer.
A team approach to endocrine tumor treatment
We understand that endocrine tumors affect your health and well-being in many ways. Through our cancer center, you’ll not only have access to the expertise of physicians on the medical staff who specialize in endocrine conditions, but you’ll also benefit from numerous other specialties and support services that care for you as a whole person.
Our team meets to discuss your individual case and connects you with the complete care you need in one location. Our endocrine cancer research and treatment center in Dallas includes team members from:
- Medical oncology
- Genetic counseling
- Voice specialists
- Radiation oncology
- Oncology nursing
- Integrative medicine
- Patient navigation
- Cancer support
- Psychosocial support
- Spiritual support
Christine Landry, MD
Co-Medical Director, Endocrine Cancer Research and Treatment Center
Raphaelle Vallera, MD
Co-Medical Director, Endocrine Cancer Research and Treatment Center