What is cancer of the adrenal cortex?
The cells in the adrenal cortex make important
A doctor should be seen if the following symptoms appear and won?t go away:
pain in the abdomen,
loss of weight without dieting, or
If there is a functioning tumor, there may be symptoms or signs caused by too many hormones.
If there are symptoms, a doctor will order blood and
The chance of recovery (
Stages of cancer of the adrenal cortex
Treatment Option Overview
How cancer of the adrenal cortex is treated
There are treatments for all patients with
Surgery(taking out the cancer). Chemotherapy(using drugsto kill cancer cells). Radiation therapy(using high- dose x-raysor other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells).
A doctor may take out the
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken by pill, or it may be put into the body by a needle in a vein or muscle. Chemotherapy is called a
Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink
Besides treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgery), a patient may also receive
Treatment by stage
Treatment depends on how far the cancer has spread, and a patient?s age and overall health.
Stage I Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Treatment will probably be
Stage II Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Treatment will probably be
Stage III Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Treatment may be one of the following:
Surgeryto remove the cancer. Lymph nodesin the area may also be removed ( lymph node dissection).
clinical trialof radiation therapy.
A clinical trial of
chemotherapyif the size of the tumorcan be measured with x-raysand/or if the tumor is making hormones.
Stage IV Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Treatment may be one of the following:
Chemotherapy. Clinical trialsare testing new drugs. Radiation therapyto bones where the cancerhas spread. Surgeryto remove the cancer in places where it has spread.
Recurrent Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Treatment depends on many factors, including where the
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