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Adrenal gland tumor

What's the scoop?

 

An adrenal gland tumor is a growth that develops in one or both of the adrenal glands, which are located on top of the kidneys. These tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The most common type of non-cancerous adrenal gland tumor is called an adenoma.

 

Adrenal gland tumors can cause various symptoms depending on their size and whether they produce hormones. Have a look at our list of symptoms below for more details, and if you're worried something is up, get an appointment with your doctor to rule out any cancerous tumors (adrenal cancer)!

 

 

How to find out more

 

Diagnosing an adrenal gland tumor involves a few tests and exams. Your doctor may start by asking about your medical history and performing a standard physical examination. They may also order blood tests to check for hormone imbalances.

 

Imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRI scans, can provide detailed images of the adrenal glands and help identify any tumors. If a tumor is seen in the scan, they may ask to perform a biopsy ( take a sample) as well to determine if the tumor is cancerous or not.

 

 

Treatment

 

The treatment for an adrenal gland tumor depends on whether it is benign or malignant, as well as its size and location. In some cases, small benign tumors may not require treatment and can be monitored over time.

 

If the tumor is cancerous, this means that is it a form of adrenal cancer. Malignant (cancerous) tumors may require surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding tissues. If the tumor is producing excess hormones, medications may be prescribed to control hormone levels. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be recommended in certain cases.

What's the scoop?

 

An adrenal gland tumor is a growth that develops in one or both of the adrenal glands, which are located on top of the kidneys. These tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The most common type of non-cancerous adrenal gland tumor is called an adenoma.

 

Adrenal gland tumors can cause various symptoms depending on their size and whether they produce hormones. Have a look at our list of symptoms below for more details, and if you're worried something is up, get an appointment with your doctor to rule out any cancerous tumors (adrenal cancer)!

 

 

How to find out more

 

Diagnosing an adrenal gland tumor involves a few tests and exams. Your doctor may start by asking about your medical history and performing a standard physical examination. They may also order blood tests to check for hormone imbalances.

 

Imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRI scans, can provide detailed images of the adrenal glands and help identify any tumors. If a tumor is seen in the scan, they may ask to perform a biopsy ( take a sample) as well to determine if the tumor is cancerous or not.

 

 

Treatment

 

The treatment for an adrenal gland tumor depends on whether it is benign or malignant, as well as its size and location. In some cases, small benign tumors may not require treatment and can be monitored over time.

 

If the tumor is cancerous, this means that is it a form of adrenal cancer. Malignant (cancerous) tumors may require surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding tissues. If the tumor is producing excess hormones, medications may be prescribed to control hormone levels. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be recommended in certain cases.

Graphic representation of Adrenal gland tumor

Symptom list:

Adrenal gland tumor

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