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What is adrenal gland cancer?

What is adrenal gland cancer?

See below: There are two part of the adrenal gland and each has different types of cancer. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/adrenalglandcancer. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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How is adrenal gland cancer discovered?

How is adrenal gland cancer discovered?

Usually CT scan: Usually by a ct scan done to workup flank or abdominal pain - sometimes a ct done for other conditions, and occasionally during a workup for hormone excess (cushing's syndrome). ...Read more

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How is adrenal gland cancer prevented?

How is adrenal gland cancer prevented?

No prevention: There is no prevention for adrenal cancer. There no specific foods, medications, vitamins, activities, etc. To prevent it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time is the hospital recovery for adrenal gland cancer?

Can you tell me how much time is the hospital recovery for adrenal gland cancer?

No set answer: There are many factors. How big is the tumor? Is it secreting hormones (eg cortisol, dhea)? Will the surgeon remove it laparoscopically? Or through a regular incision (from the front or the back)? What is your overall health? Talk to your surgeon about this. ...Read more

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What specialist test for adrenal gland cancer ?

What specialist test for adrenal gland cancer ?

Endocrinologist: Cancer starting in the adrenal gland (Adrenocortical carcinoma) is very rare. Because it usually presents as with signs of corticosteroid excess (Cushing's Syndrome) and/or signs of virilization it is usually diagnosed by an Endocrinologist. CT, MRI or PET scans can usually show the cancer and differentiate it from a benign adenoma of the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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My mom has adrenal gland cancer and was taking the drug mitotane; what is it?

My mom has adrenal gland cancer and was taking the drug mitotane; what is it?

Pesticide: Mitotane is a pesticide that can be taken orally. It causes destruction of the adrenal cortex and has been shown to be effective in adrenocortical carcinomas that are not able to be resected surgically. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland?

Can colon cancer spread to adrenal gland?

Yes: However, a solitary adrenal mass seen on imaging without other evidence of metastases in a patient with a colon cancer primary is almost certainly a cortical adenoma. ...Read more

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Cervical cancer percentage of causing bone lesions and adrenal gland lesions?

Cervical cancer percentage of causing bone lesions and adrenal gland lesions?

Rare but occurs: Carcinoma of cervix, spread by lymphatic, to adjacent nodes and viscera, rarely spread to bones less than 2% of time. ...Read more

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My sister has stage 4 cervical cancer. She has a secondary tumor, 5cm, on her adrenal gland. We know it is terminal, but can we expect months? Years?

My sister has stage 4 cervical cancer. She has a secondary tumor, 5cm, on her adrenal gland. We know it is terminal, but can we expect months? Years?

It depends: Her treating doctor can answer this question better. Not all stage-4 Cervix cancers are fatal. So the answer to your question depends on her exact stage (localized versus metastatic) and also on her cancer's response to treatment. Sometimes adrenal tumors can be removed surgically provided the pelvic tumor is under control. There are also new treatments coming along for cervical Cancer (e.g. Avastin) ...Read more

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I have adrenal gland problems and facial hair growth, do I have cancer?

I have adrenal gland problems and facial hair growth, do I have cancer?

It depends: Adrenal glands are a source of hormone production, one of these hormones is a male hormone. So if the gland is enlarged it can cause excess production of hormones. It can be a benign adenoma or rarely, it is due to cancer of the adrenal gland. You need to see a physician. A simple ct scan of the abdomen can show your adrenal gland size and shape, which is how the proper diagnosis can be made ...Read more

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Can afinitor (everolimus) helps to prevent the spread of adrenal gland cancer? How it works? Any clinical trial on this drug against adrenal gland cancer in USA?

Not confirmed: That data on this drug for adrenal cancer is very limited. Efficacy has not been confirmed yet. It is not approved in the United States for this indication. I am not aware of clinical trial on this disease but you may want to contact major centers or check clinicaltrials. Gov ...Read more

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My mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane. What does this drug do?

My mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane. What does this drug do?

Slows the adrenal: Mitotane slows down the production steroid chemicals, which is the function of the adrenal gland. That's why it is used to treat patients with adrenal cancer. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?

What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?

Mitotane: Hi. Mitotane specifically kills adrenocortical cells (including adrenocortical cancer cells). It can help in the treatment of inoperable adrenocortical cancer (ACC). ACC doesn't usually metastasize to brain...is her brain tumor independent of her ACC? Good luck to her! ...Read more

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Colon cancer pt. Old ct- nodule on left adrenal gland. (was not met). New ct- new adrenal nodule. Are these the same or diffetent ones, ?

Must compare CT's: The best way to tell if these are the same nodule or if this is a new nodule would be to have the radiologist or your oncologist compare the CT's side-by-side. It may be obvious that they are or are not the same nodule. If it is not obvious, then further testing may be necessary, perhaps even a biopsy of the nodule if it is worrisome. Good luck. ...Read more

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My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4b renal cell carcinoma that had spread to her spine and adrenal gland. They removed her left kidney adrenal gland and 2 vertebras what is the prognosis for reoccurrence of the cancer once it has gone this far?

My wife was diagnosed with Stage 4b renal cell carcinoma that had spread to her spine and adrenal gland. They removed her left kidney adrenal gland and 2 vertebras what is the prognosis for reoccurrence of the cancer once it has gone this far?

Renal carcinoma: Unfortunately, a stage "4B" renal carcinoma denotes metastatic disease which generally is not a favorable prognosis. An oncologist is probably in consultation with the surgeon who performed the surgery, and is the one best suited to give you correct information regarding your wife's condition. ...Read more

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How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

How dangerous can stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to lungs and adrenal gland be if it goes untreated without chemo?

Hard to Predict: Among all patients with breast cancer who present with distant disease, one fourth will survive beyond 5 years. It would be good to know the patient's age and receptor status (er, pr, her2) to answer this question, because we are finding much better results now with certain treatments (like Herceptin (trastuzumab) for her2+ pts) than in the past. Ask your oncologist for info. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

Stage 4 cancer that has mets to brain, lungs, adrenal gland and now liver, cause bowels to shut down? If so what are the signs that it is happening?

It depends on so man: Bowel obstruction can occur in any advanced abdominal cancer. If the bowels are compromised by tumor they can close/obstruct. It is not difficult to tell when that happens because no food will pass through them. As a result patients become constipated/obstipated and have increasing pain in the abdomen and are unable to eat and drink due to persistent nausea and vomiting. The belly swells up also. ...Read more

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I have small abnormality one of adrenal glands, do I have cancer?

I have small abnormality one of adrenal glands, do I have cancer?

Usually no: Most of those are benign but it all depends on the context. Have you been diagnosed with cancer before? Anything else see in the scan? Any suspicious sign or symptom? Why was the scan done to begin with? I would suggest you discuss the report with the ordering doc and let him/her decide if further work up is indicated. Best to you. ...Read more

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I have a tumor on my adrenal gland. I can't see a specialist for 4 months. Worried if this is cancer that the delay could cause me more problems.

I have a tumor on my adrenal gland. I can't see a specialist for 4 months. Worried if this is cancer that the delay could cause me more problems.

Read imaging report: Many tumors found incidentally on the adrenal gland are not cancerous. If this is the case, there are classic imaging characteristics that would lean toward a non cancerous diagnosis for which it would be ok to wait for the specialist. If the report does not mention benign characteristics, I would not wait to get clarification from a specialist. ...Read more

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Does the adrenal gland need to be removed with kidney cancer surgery?

Does the adrenal gland need to be removed with kidney cancer surgery?

No: The adrenal gland is a small but very important organ that sits on top of each kidney. During kidney cancer surgery, it has been traditionally removed as part of the surgery to remove the kidney cancer. However, there is a lot of recent data to show that it does not need to be removed with the kidney as long as certain criteria are met such as size of the kidney tumor, location of tumor, etc. ...Read more

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Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Adrenal: There is an adrenal gland attached to both kidneys.
If you no longer have active adrenal glands you must follow your doctor's advice about necessary hormone replacement.

If both adrenal glands are working fine, or you are taking the right medicine if you have no adrenals enjoy life! ...Read more

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How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Many types of adrenal problems are possible, including under-production and over-production of various hormones, tumors (benign or malignant), hemorrhage, infection, etc, etc. See an endocrinologist if your doctor thinks you have an adrenal problem. ...Read more

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I might have the human adrenal gland be used as a drug, is that possible?

No: It would cause severe allergic reactions and potentially even death. Plus, I don't know anyone who wants to donate their adrenals. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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How does one come to know that their adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

How does one come to know that their adrenal gland is not functioning properly?

You'll be sick: Adrenal glands don't malfunction very often, and if they do, you'll be sick enough that it will be readily apparent. If they don't produce enough cortisone, symptoms are weight loss, weakness, low blood pressure, etc. Which are fairly obvious. ...Read more

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How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

How does one come to know that his adrenal gland is not functioning properly? What happens?

Addison's disease: Inadequate adrenal function is called addison’s disease, and you usually feel very sick. Low bp, low blood sodium, high blood potassium. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

What are the symptoms of adrenal gland disorder?

Adrenal: The adrenal comprises 2 major parts - one that mediates " adrenalin" or catecholamines and the other that controls cortisone release, androgens, and a salt- retentive hormone called aldosterone. Depending on which part is affected symptoms differ. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

What sort of problem is an adrenal gland disorder?

Endocrine: I will refer this to experts in endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology. Thanks for asking this important question. ...Read more