If parathyroid cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the parathyroid glands to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis. Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care.
Parathyroid cancer can grow into (invade) the following nearby areas:
- muscles in the neck
- windpipe (trachea) or tissue around the windpipe
- nerve that goes to the larynx (recurrent laryngeal nerve)
It can also spread to the following areas and distant sites:
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