Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia

What is multiple endocrine neoplasia?

Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) is an inherited genetic condition that causes tumors to grow in several of the body’s hormone-producing, endocrine organs. MEN syndromes are traditionally divided into two forms: type 1 and type 2.

MEN type 1 (MEN1) typically involves tumors of the parathyroid glands, pituitary gland, and pancreas. MEN type 2 (MEN2) is more commonly associated with medullary thyroid cancer and pheochromocytomas. These tumors can be benign or malignant.

How we approach multiple endocrine neoplasia at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Children with multiple endocrine neoplasia are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Endocrine-Oncology Program and the Boston Children’s Hospital Thyroid Program. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers—in one specialized program—the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Find in-depth information on multiple endocrine neoplasia on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

  • How are multiple endocrine neoplasias classified?
  • What are the causes and symptoms of multiple endocrine neoplasias?
  • How are multiple endocrine neoplasias diagnosed?
  • What are the treatments for multiple endocrine neoplasias?
  • What is the latest research on multiple endocrine neoplasias?
  • What is the long-term outlook for multiple endocrine neoplasias?