Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage II Adrenocortical Carcinoma

Standard treatment options:

  • Complete surgical removal of the tumor is the treatment of choice for patients with stage II adrenocortical carcinomas. The long-term survival of patients with nonfunctioning tumors is comparable to that of patients with functioning tumors. The removal of regional lymph nodes that are not clinically enlarged is not indicated.

Treatment options under clinical evaluation:

Although adjuvant mitotane has shown some progression-free or disease-free survival advantage, there has been no overall survival advantage demonstrated thus far.[1,2,3]

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage II adrenocortical carcinoma. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.


  1. Terzolo M, Angeli A, Fassnacht M, et al.: Adjuvant mitotane treatment for adrenocortical carcinoma. N Engl J Med 356 (23): 2372-80, 2007.
  2. Polat B, Fassnacht M, Pfreundner L, et al.: Radiotherapy in adrenocortical carcinoma. Cancer 115 (13): 2816-23, 2009.
  3. Sabolch A, Feng M, Griffith K, et al.: Adjuvant and definitive radiotherapy for adrenocortical carcinoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 80 (5): 1477-84, 2011.
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