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If I have pheochromocytoma, does this automatically mean that I have cancer?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
14 doctors agree
In brief: No
Only 1 out of 10 pheochromocytomas are malignant.

In brief: No
Only 1 out of 10 pheochromocytomas are malignant.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
Most pheochromocytomas are benign.
However, benign does not mean harmless in this case; it just means that once removed, the tumor is unlikely to grow back or to spread to other parts of the body. A "benign" pheochromocytoma is still a very dangerous tumor, that can cause heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death due to excess adrenaline and swings in blood pressure and heart rate.

In brief: Not necessarily
Most pheochromocytomas are benign.
However, benign does not mean harmless in this case; it just means that once removed, the tumor is unlikely to grow back or to spread to other parts of the body. A "benign" pheochromocytoma is still a very dangerous tumor, that can cause heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death due to excess adrenaline and swings in blood pressure and heart rate.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Only about 10% of pheochromocytomas are malignant (cancer).

In brief: No
Only about 10% of pheochromocytomas are malignant (cancer).
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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