Adrenal cancer is a rare disease that occurs in the adrenal glands, two small glands that are part of the endocrine system on top of the kidneys. We produce hormones that are responsible for various bodily functions, such as the ability of the body to manage stress and regulate blood pressure. The majority of adrenal tumors are benign, meaning they are not cancer, and they are called adenomas. At “Cure My Cancer” we use a multi-faceted approach to treating adrenal cancer. To accurately diagnose and stage the illness, a team of experts may conduct a range of diagnostic and laboratory tests, such as CT scans, MRI, or ultrasound. These same tests may be used to monitor treatment response and alter treatment plans accordingly. As part of our full-person treatment model, our hospitals and outpatient clinics provide a variety of supportive care therapies— nutrition therapy, pain management, chiropractic services, and, for example, individual and community counseling — to help manage the physical and psychological side-effects of cancer
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Blood and urine tests are as important as imaging tests in diagnosing adrenal cancer. Doctors might choose which tests to do based on the patient's symptoms. But often doctors will check hormone levels even when symptoms of high hormone levels are not present.
This type of cancer tends to be aggressive, meaning it grows rapidly, and may spread to other parts of the body. Fast-growing tumors sometimes cause the adrenal gland to produce elevated levels of aldosterone, cortisol, and adrenal sex hormones such as androgen.
It can be always high or sometimes high. Sometimes the tumor can cause high blood pressure that can be life threatening. It is a very rare cause of high blood pressure. But it must be considered when medicine is not enough to control high blood pressure.
The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions.