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How will my doctor decide on the treatment for Cushing's syndrome?

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Cushing's syndrome is when your body has too much stress hormone cortisol. Your doctor will first figure out is why you have too much cortisol, then decide on your treatment.

If if you have too much cortisol because you're taking steroid medicines, your doctor will check to see if you can quit or switch to a lower dose.

If a tumor is behind your Cushing's, you'll likely have other tests to find where the tumor is first. Taking the tumor out with surgery may be best. If not, your doctor may be able to shrink the tumor with radiation or medicine.

SOURCES:

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Medscape: "Cushing Syndrome."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services: "Cushing's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page."

Urology Care Foundation: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on July 6, 2020

SOURCES:

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Medscape: "Cushing Syndrome."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services: "Cushing's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page."

Urology Care Foundation: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on July 6, 2020

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