Do adrenal tumors need to be removed?
Most adrenal tumors are noncancerous (benign). You may need surgery (adrenalectomy) to remove an adrenal gland if the tumor is producing excess hormones or is large in size (more than 2 inches or 4 to 5 centimeters). If you have a cancerous tumor, you also may need an adrenalectomy.
Is adrenal tumor curable?
When adrenal cancer is found early, there is a chance for cure. But if the cancer has spread to areas beyond the adrenal glands, cure becomes less likely. Treatment can be used to delay progression or recurrence. Most growths that form in the adrenal glands are noncancerous (benign).
How are adrenal gland tumors treated?
Treatment will depend on the type of adrenal tumor you have and where it’s located. Your doctor may recommend one or several of the following: surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radionuclide therapy (injection of a radioactive substance into the tumor), or other therapies.
Can a tumor on the adrenal gland cause weight gain?
When a tumor develops on these glands, which are located above your kidneys, hormone production can be affected. Some types of adrenal tumors cause high blood pressure, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome and other conditions. Others may cause weight gain, fatigue, easy bruising and other problems.
What happens if you have a tumor on your adrenal gland?
The most common sign of a pheochromocytoma is high blood pressure. 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.
Are adrenal gland tumors always cancerous?
Adrenal tumors are not always cancer
Functional adrenal tumors are usually benign, although some are capable of becoming cancerous and spreading. Benign functional tumors can still produce hormones and may be found during tests for hormone-related symptoms.
Can a tumor on the adrenal gland cause pain?
As an adrenal cancer grows, it presses on nearby organs and tissues. This may cause pain near the tumor, a feeling of fullness in the abdomen, or trouble eating because of a feeling of filling up easily.
What are the symptoms of a tumor on the adrenal gland?
Adrenal Gland Tumor: Symptoms and Signs
- High blood pressure.
- Low potassium level.
- Heart palpitations.
- Feelings of anxiety or panic attacks.
- Heavy sweating/perspiration.
Can adrenal tumors be seen on ultrasound?
This test can show if there is a tumor in the adrenal gland. It can also show tumors in the liver if the cancer has spread there. In general, ultrasound is not used to look for adrenal tumors unless a CT scan can’t be done for some reason.