Adrenal Tumors

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Adrenal tumors originate in the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located right above each of the kidneys and are responsible for making certain hormones. There are two parts of the adrenal glands: the cortex and the medulla. Most tumors develop on the cortex, the outer part of the gland.

Adrenal Tumors: What You Need to Know

Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward preventing cancer. Eating a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and not smoking can lower your risk.

Teamwork

Fletcher Allen doctors use a collaborative approach to treating adrenal cancer. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.

Technology

We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating adrenal cancer, including the latest advances in imaging scans, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Personalized care

Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the cancer and your general health.

Experience, trusted expertise

At Fletcher Allen, our oncologists (cancer specialists) have years of experience diagnosing and treating adrenal cancer. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.

What are Adrenal Tumors?

There are two types of adrenal cortex tumors: benign (not cancerous) and malignant (cancerous). If the tumor is benign, it is called an adenoma. Generally, we can treat a benign tumor by removing the adrenal gland.

Benign and malignant adrenal tumors can look very similar, making it tricky to diagnose. The University of Vermont Medical Group providers have years of experience diagnosing adrenal cancer and can provide the expert diagnosis necessary.

Most of the time, there is no known cause for adrenal cancer, and there are not many risk factors specifically associated with adrenal cancer. However, some adrenal cancers in children may be caused by a genetic defect. If you or a loved one has any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about regular screenings for adrenal cancer:

  • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN1)
  • Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP)

Diagnosis and Treatment: Adrenal Cancer

Often, adrenal cancer in adults does not cause symptoms in its early stages. This means that it may not be diagnosed until it is larger. Many times, physicians find adrenal cancer by accident, like during an imaging scan for an unrelated problem. However, children may experience noticeable symptoms, such as early puberty. Because of this, children may be diagnosed earlier than adults are.

At Fletcher Allen, we use a combination of imaging scans, laboratory tests and laparoscopy to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Learn more about adrenal cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call us at 877-540-HOPE (4673).