Adrenal Cancer and Adenoma

The adrenal glands are paired organs that are located on top of the kidneys and control production of certain hormones. Most adrenal tumors, or adenomas, are non-cancerous (benign) and do not require treatment. Some adrenal cancers produce no symptoms. Some tumors can cause abdominal pain or hormone production that lead to breast enlargement in men (gynecomastia), abnormal hair growth in women or children, high blood sugar/diabetes (hyperglycemia), and early puberty. Because you essentially need at least one functioning adrenal gland, an abnormal adrenal gland can be removed by a surgical oncologist expertise in minimally invasive techniques.

Our surgeons also treat cancers that develop in the adrenal gland, known as adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). We also have expertise in treating very dangerous tumors of the adrenal gland, known as pheochromocytomas, that can lead to uncontrollable blood pressure and sudden death.

Treatments

Adrenalectomy (removal of the adrenal gland) remains the primary treatment and the only cure for adrenal cancer.

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

Considered the surgical standard of care except for large tumors that have the potential to rupture or spread. Compared to open surgery, laparoscopic procedures often mean a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, and less pain. Often, you can go home within 24 hours after surgery