The endocrine system is made up of specialized glands and cells that produce chemical messengers (hormones) that control cell and organ function. Endocrine tumors involve specific cells found only in this system.
Endocrine tumors may arise in the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal gland, pancreas, or intestine and can present a range of treatment challenges. They can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and can affect your body’s hormone production.
Our unique clinic—dedicated exclusively to treating these tumors—brings together specialists in endocrinology, endocrine surgery, medical oncology, nuclear medicine, and other fields. As a team, we provide customized treatment planning and care for your individual needs.
Stanford Medicine doctors are internationally recognized experts in endocrine conditions, from common tumors to rare and difficult-to-diagnose endocrine cancer.
We combine our high level of diagnostic and treatment expertise with advanced imaging technologies and lab workups to pinpoint the most appropriate therapies for you. When surgery is the best option, our surgeons are nationally recognized for their expertise in both open and precise minimally invasive procedures.
Our doctors study endocrine tumors to identify new ways to predict tumor development and treat existing tumors. They recently discovered new pheochromocytoma genetic syndromes, which may reveal new ways to diagnose and treat these tumors more precisely.
When it comes to care for endocrine tumors, you’ll benefit from our extensive expertise in the latest treatment options. While surgery is often a first treatment, some conditions require different care. Your care plan will be customized to your needs and may include one or a combination of the following treatments:
As part of the Stanford Cancer Center, the Endocrine Tumor Program offers comprehensive cancer care—including the latest medical therapies, radiation techniques, and cancer genetics. Our experts will work with you to design the best care plan for your needs and lifestyle.
Many people who develop endocrine tumors have inherited genetic syndromes. Our dedicated cancer geneticists have special training in the genetics of endocrine tumors and in the best ways to help you assess your family’s risk. Test results can guide treatment, identify affected family members, and help with family planning.
We frequently treat multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1 and MEN2), syndromes of multiple endocrine tumors that are passed down in families. Our services help evaluate for the following genetic syndromes: