Treatment for Endocrine Disorders at Tampa General Hospital
There are a wide range of treatment options for endocrine disorders. This is because diseases of the endocrine system vary widely in both type and severity. The endocrine system is made up of different hormone-producing glands, and disorders arise when one or more of them either produces too much or too little of a certain hormone. In some cases, the resulting hormone imbalance may be mild enough to go unnoticed or barely noticed and not require treatment. In other cases, such as with hyperthyroidism, patients may exhibit unpleasant symptoms, including anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and fatigue. Medications may be used to alleviate these symptoms and prevent potentially serious complications over the long-term. There are also a variety of serious and life-threatening diseases, such as parathyroid cancer, that require a more aggressive and complex treatment plan.
Treatment for endocrine disorders generally fall into two categories:
- Medication ¨C If there is too much or too little of a certain hormone in the body, synthetic hormones may be administered to correct the imbalance and reduce symptoms. Chemotherapy may also be used to treat patients with cancer of an endocrine gland.
- Surgery ¨C In some cases, such as with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors on an endocrine gland, surgery and/or radiation therapy may be necessary. After the underlying problem has been resolved, hormone production should return to normal.
Tampa General Hospital is a leader in providing treatment for a wide range of endocrine disorders. Our highly experienced team uses advanced diagnostic technologies to identify the kind of endocrine disorder a patient has, as well as any underlying causes. Then, our team, which includes endocrinologists, surgeons, and other specialists, will develop a custom and comprehensive approach to each patient¡¯s condition, providing the highest likelihood for a positive treatment outcome.