Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, and surgery can alter how your body produces or responds to insulin. They can also damage thyroid and adrenal glands, which manage important hormones that help the body function. Keeping these and other endocrine functions in check is an important part of staying healthy.
Duke endocrinologists in our endocrine-oncology program specialize in caring for people who receive cancer treatment and have a chronic condition like diabetes or who develop a new disorder during cancer treatment that affects the endocrine system and its ability to produce hormones. We also work with people who experience endocrine-related problems long after cancer treatment has ended. Our team of endocrinologists works closely with your oncologist to create a plan that meets your needs before, during, and in the years following your treatment. This includes in-person and video visits to ensure ongoing, convenient care.
The Connection Between Endocrine Disorders and Cancer
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What to Expect During Your First Appointment
Our team of endocrinologists reviews each referral within two days to determine which tests you may need. During your initial appointment, we’ll discuss your diagnosis and explain how endocrine treatment can impact and work with your cancer treatment. If medication is needed, we coordinate with your oncologist to determine the best approach. You may be evaluated with a combination of in-person and video visits to accommodate your schedule and ability to travel.