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Adrenal Cancer Drugs
Usually spontaneous : Adrenal cancer (adrenal cortical carcinoma) is rare. It is usually spontaneous, meaning there are no well known causes or exposures. Incidence is increased in patients with certain known cancer syndromes, such as li fraumeni syndrome or beckwith-wiedemann syndrome. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Uncommon, glandular: Uncommon cancer of the adrenal glands (above kidneys). May present with pain, or effects of abnormal production of a variety of hormones that affect blood sugar, sex hormones, stress responce, salt/fluid balance. Can be curable caught early enough; like most cancers, potentially deadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hormonal: Adrenal gland has two functionally different parts and tumors of these have different symptoms. Tumors of the medulla, pheochromocytoma, cause high blood pressure and related symptoms. Cancer of the cortex, if functional, cause increased amount of corticosteroids resulting in fragile skin, fluid retention, hypertension etc. Mets produce symptoms based on organ affected by mets. ...Read more
Tough disease: Adrenal cancer tends to be an aggressive type. Additionally, unlike breast & colon cancer, there aren't many effective drugs to treat it. Consequently, the survival for patients with adrenal cancer tends to be rather low. That being said, there are rare cases that can be completely removed with surgery and controlled for many years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy lifestyle: The risk factors for tia, stroke, heart disease, vascular disease are the same as most cancers. Lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, treating diabetes, increased cardiovascular exercise. Also, eating a more mediterranean based diet and fish can also lower your risk. If you smoke, quit. That said adrenal cancer is rare overall. ...Read more
Depend on the stage: The main treatment for localized adrenal cancer is to remove the tumor. After surgery their might be a role for a treatment called mitotane that could help reduce the risk of relapse. For adrenal cancer that spread to other organs then chemotherapy plus mitotane is the main treatment. This is very rare cancer and best treated in consultation with expert team of doctors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgery: Many but not all of these can be cured by complete surgical resection, provided the tumor has not spread. ...Read more
Is it possible that adrenal cancer (primary or metastic) cause addisons disease. Can it also cause other adrenal problems?
For adrenal cancer patient on mitotane who has reached the threshold level, how long more to continue taking the pill?
What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?
Can an individual have adrenal cancer without a mass/tumor that is visible? All the lab results points to it.
Some as small as 2cm: Usually adrenal tumors are a bit larger, but they can be as small as 2 cm. Talk with your doctor about the lab and imagery results and your treatment options. Take care of yourself overall and be persistent about getting answers that you understand. Good luck. ...Read more