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Endocrine Cancer 

Endocrine tumors arise in glands that normally produce hormones. Most endocrine tumors are benign or noncancerous. They may or may not be associated with abnormal hormone production.

In some cases, tumors produce hormones from tissues that do not normally produce hormones such as the lungs. This may result in complicated metabolic imbalances known as para neoplastic syndrome.

Many tumors are caused by a genetic mutation. At times, genetic mutations can affect several different glands or tissues, causing different tumors to grow in different tissues. An example of this is multiple endocrine neoplasms, which are inherited disorders.

Thyroid cancer is the most common type of endocrine cancer. Other glands that also commonly produce tumors but less often cancers include the adrenal, parathyroid and pituitary glands. The reproductive organs also have glands that produce tumors. Learn more about thyroid cancer.

Because of the complex nature of these cancers and the complex diagnosis process, the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center has recently formed a multidisciplinary team of physicians, including endocrinologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons as well as other health care professionals to review endocrine cancer cases and determine the best course of treatment.