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Endocrine Surgery Clinic

At the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center,every endocrine case that might require surgery is reviewed by our Multidisciplinary Oncology Group, a team of specialists who focus solely on endocrine cases, which meets regularly to discuss the best course of treatment for each patient.

Though patients are seen at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, not all patients that end up getting endocrine surgery have cancer. Endocrine surgery involves the evaluation and treatment of patients with diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and endocrine pancreas.

Why Choose Us?

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only institution in Iowa to hold the prestigious distinction of a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

Our multidisciplinary team provides you with the convenience of seeing multiple care providers in one location. Your team will work together to ensure that you get the most comprehensive care plan to address your needs.

These team members include physicians that work in the Neuroendocrine Cancer Clinic and the Endocrinology Clinic, as well as as:

  • Endocrine surgeons
  • Neuroendocrinology surgeons
  • Endocrinologists
  • Otolaryngologist (head and neck) surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nuclear medicine experts
  • Radiologists
  • Genetic counselors
  • Pathologists

Because we treat endocrine patients with such a large and diverse team, we are able to offer the following services:

  • We are the only institution in the state to provide 4D CT scans for parathyroid localization and the only institution in the state with a comprehensive nuclear medicine program for advanced imaging using radio-active iodine with dosimetry.
  • Our clinic offers parathyroid cryopreservation, which is a procedure that involves freezing some parathyroid tissue that was removed during surgery and storing it for future use.
  • Since we are research hospital, we have clinical trials available for treatment of advanced endocrine cancers.
  • Our highly skilled and experienced team of ultrasonographers has expertise head and neck imaging, especially parathyroid ultrasound.
  • All our surgeons have advanced fellowship training and experience in the treatment of difficult to treat tumors

Minimally Invasive Surgery

We offer Minimally invasive surgery. This is a surgery using techniques to make as small an incision as possible. The advantage of minimally invasive surgery is that it can often cut down on recovery time.

Our surgeons were one of the first the use of intraoperative parathyroid hormone (PTH) monitoring for minimally invasive parathyroid surgery in Iowa.

Our minimally invasive services available include:

  • Minimally invasive thyroidectomy
  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy (MIP)
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

Endocrine System

The endocrine system is the glands that release hormones into the circulatory system. These hormones do a lot of things, like create the insulin that controls sugar in the body. When these parts of the body become irregular and a tumor forms, it can be especially dangerous because it can affect the production of hormones in your body.

These are some of the parts of the body that make up the endocrine system.

Thyroid gland
Located at the front of the neck, the thyroid gland controls the body's metabolism by producing and releasing thyroid hormone.
Parathyroid glands
The parathyroid glands are tiny glands that secrete parathyroid hormone (PTH), which controls calcium metabolism.
The pancreas
Located in the middle of the abdomen, the pancreas has cells that make digestive enzymes and cells that make hormones.
Adrenal glands
Paired organs that are located above the kidneys, the adrenal glands are controlled by the pituitary gland.
Carcinoid tumors
Carcinoid tumors are rare masses that most commonly originate from hormone-producing cells of the intestines and lung.
Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes
Multiple endocrine neoplasia syndomes are a group of inheritable syndromes that cause tumors in multiple endocrine organs.