What are the endocrine glands for?

Great question! Endocrine glands (thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, among many others) produce hormones. A hormone is a molecule which is released into the blood to travel to other cells. When the hormone meets a receptor molecule in these other cells, the hormone can change the activity of that cell. For example, Insulin is a hormone which promotes the uptake of glucose in other cells in the body.
Endocrine glands make chemicals we call hormones which have a wide range of effect in the body. Endocrine glands are these so-called ductless gland system in the body which secrete chemicals we call hormones. Hormones are produced in one place and travel to another place in the body to create a physiological effect. The body makes many different kinds of hormones which effect growth, sexual development and maturation, and maintenance of normal metabolic functions in the body.

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What is an endocrine gland?

Gland. I may have answered this for you before. Please go online and search for "hormone images". The images should tell you all you need to know about endocrine glands and how they might interact with each other.

Can an abdominal cancer metastasize to cause a 3.8mm enhancing nodule on cauda equina nerve roots at L4 level & what is "Neopl. Of endocrine glands?

Yes. Unfortunately abdominal cancers n general can metastasize and can go to the spine or nerve roots but this is not the most likely picture. Pancreatic cancer is the most common cancer of the endocrine organs.
Yes. Hi. There are MANY types of "abdominal cancer", many of which can metastasize to CNS/spinal cord. There are MANY endocrine glands. Has the cauda equina lesion been biopsied? Is the primary cancer known? Please provide more information if possible. I'm sorry for your illness. Good luck!

What endocrine glands affect human hair growth?

Adrenals. Thyroid. Adrenals which produce cortisol And Thyroid which produces Thyroxin And indirectly Anterior Pituetary which produces Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

What endocrine glands affect human hair growth?

Hair growth. There are many endocrine causes affecting hair growth - so many that it is hard to know where to start. If it is OK with you, I would go online and simply look for "endocrine glands and hair loss". Not every article will be the same but they will be close, particularly if you look for comments from University Medical Faculty.

What endocrine gland does paget's disease of bone harm?

None. While called an endocrine disorder, to my knowledge, there is no specific organ/gland damage. Any pathologist can to weigh in?