Some people have symptoms when the calcium level is only slightly high. But others may not have these symptoms until the level is extremely high. Many medicines are available to help control the calcium level—even if the cancer is not being treated. If your calcium level is too high and you are having many problems, you may need to go in the hospital for a short period of time. If it is only mildly high, you might be able to control it at home. The decision of when to treat this condition is often based on your symptoms, not on the exact level of your blood calcium. Your healthcare provider will discuss this with you.
For mildly high calcium levels:
For higher calcium levels, or if you are having symptoms, you may be hospitalized, and you can expect:
Extra fluids will be given by a needle in your vein
Calcium-controlling medicines may be given by mouth, by shots, or in the vein
Frequent blood draws will be taken to check the level of calcium and other chemicals
For patients with kidney failure, dialysis may be needed