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Adrenal Gland Cancer Life Expectancy
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
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
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
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
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
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
What do you suggest if my mom has adrenal gland cancer and a brain tumor and is taking the drug mitotane what is it?
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
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
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
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
Severe depression and anxiety. Previously prescribed Prozac and Xanax to cope. No insurance and can't go to my personal doctor. Also was diagnosed with breast cancer, sarcoidosis, and adrenal gland disorder... Had a complete mastectomy about 5 years ago.
Free / sliding fee: I don't know what area you are from. But many communities have clinics which are free or sliding fee scale. You can google this for your area. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Endocrine: I will refer this to experts in endocrinology and reproductive endocrinology. Thanks for asking this important question. ...Read more
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