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Is it possible that adrenal cancer (primary or metastic) cause addisons disease. Can it also cause other adrenal problems?

Is it possible that adrenal cancer (primary or metastic) cause addisons disease. Can it also cause other adrenal problems?

Unlikely.: Involvement of the adrenals with cancer is not likely to cause adrenal insufficiency since most of the adrenal gland would need to be destroyed to produce that. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How do people get adrenal cancer?

How do people get adrenal cancer?

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

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What sort of problem is adrenal cancer?

What sort of problem is adrenal cancer?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal cancer?

What are the symptoms of adrenal cancer?

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

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How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

How long can you live with adrenal cancer?

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 more

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Can you tell me how to tell if I have adrenal cancer?

Adrenal Cancer: I'm wondering why you are asking about adrenal cancer. Do you have any symptoms? Have you seen a doctor? ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: adrenal cancer?

Adrenal cancer: Adrenal cancer specifically refers to malignant adrenal tumors, which include neuroblastoma, adrenocortical carcinoma, and a minority of adrenal pheochromocytomas. Most of adrenal cancer are notable for producing endocrine hormones. ...Read more

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My friend has adrenal cancer does anyone know anything about it or how it is treated?

It is rare: Cure by surgery is some cases, chemotherapy ortho-para dddd and aminogluthamide are used as palliatives. Most tumors produce excess. Coticosteroids, and that produces cushing-like state. ...Read more

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What is an adrenal cancer tumour test?

No specific test: There is no specific test for adrenal cancer. Diagnosis is based on endocrine abnormalities and imaging. Depending on the part of adrenal affected, there are different endocrine abnormalities. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent adrenal cancer?

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

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What is the treatment for adrenal cancer?

Surgery: Primary adrenal cancer is rare and is generally treated by surgical removal of the lesion, unless it has already metastasized. ...Read more

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Can adrenal cancer migrate to the pancreas?

Yes: The most common sites for spread of adrenal cancer are the lungs, liver, bones, and peritoneum, which is the cavity where your abdominal organs sit. The pancreas is in this area, so adrenal cancer that has spread could definitely go to the pancreas. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment or cure for having adrenal cancer?

Is there a treatment or cure for having adrenal cancer?

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 more

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I need to know if there is a treatment or cure for adrenal cancer?

Surgery: Many but not all of these can be cured by complete surgical resection, provided the tumor has not spread. ...Read more

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What can a family member/caretaker expect in caring for an end stage lung/adrenal cancer patient?

Prognosis: The best predictor of how a patient will do is how they are doing physically. Watch for physical decline in ability to care for themself. Get hospice involved earlier rather than later to build trust with team. ...Read more

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Can an individual have adrenal cancer without a mass/tumor that is visible? All the lab results points to it.

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

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Friend diagnosis stage 4 inoperable lung and adrenal cancer in march. Chemo shrank it some. Came back in lymphs, throat. Seizure.2 chemos. Ct no better. Ideas?

Friend diagnosis stage 4 inoperable lung and adrenal cancer in march. Chemo shrank it some. Came back in lymphs, throat. Seizure.2 chemos. Ct no better. Ideas?

Very advanced: Disease.- what does oncologist say? - with this many problems a hospice evaluation could be ordered by patients physician. This is for comfort care. ...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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Dr. Brian Golden
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Adrenal Cancer (Definition)

Adrenal cancer specifically refers to malignant adrenal tumors, which include neuroblastoma, adrenocortical carcinoma, and a minority of adrenal pheochromocytomas. Most of adrenal cancer are notable ...Read more