Desired Outcomes

® The primary goal of treatment for hypercalcemia is to control the underlying malignancy. Therapies directed at lowering the calcium level are temporary measures that are useful until anticancer therapy begins to work. The goals of calcium-lowering therapy are to: (a) lower the corrected calcium to normal levels; (b) regain fluid and electrolyte balance; (c) relieve symptoms; (d) prevent life-threatening complications. Patients who are refractory to available therapies may have calcium-lowering therapy withheld (usually resulting in coma and death), which may be a humane approach.4

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