Your body and calcium

Calcium is an important nutrient that our bodies need. Having cancer can affect the amount of calcium in the body.

High calcium in people with cancer

High blood calcium levels are called hypercalcaemia. This is pronounced high-per-kal-see-mee-a. This usually happens in advanced cancer and is rare in people with earlier stages of cancer.

Managing high calcium

Having high calcium levels is called hypercalcaemia. It is a serious condition that your specialist will need to assess so you get the right diagnosis and treatment.

Low calcium levels

Some cancer treatments can cause low calcium levels in the blood. This is called hypocalcaemia (pronounced high-po-kal-seem-ee-ah).

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
27 Feb 2014

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