Hormones help to regulate your body’s growth and function via your bloodstream. The major glands included in your endocrine system are:

  • The Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland (in the brain)
  • The Thyroid and Parathyroid glands
  • The Adrenals (on the top of the kidneys)
  • The Thymus
  • The Pancreas
  • The Ovaries and The Testicles (the reproductive organs)

Abnormal growths (tumours) in any of these glands may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).  Your treatment will depend on the gland that is involved and the type of tumour.

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