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How are medications used to treat adrenal cancer?

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Doctors most often prescribe a drug called mitotane (Lysodren), which blocks your adrenal gland from making hormones. It also destroys cancer cells. Your doctor may recommend this drug after your surgery if there's a risk that your disease may return. You might also get chemotherapy drugs that go through your whole body to kill cancer cells, but they can also harm healthy cells, too. Targeted therapy drugs look for and kill cancer cells without harming good ones. Also, meds called biologics can help your immune system fight cancer. Hormone drugs can balance, lower, or replace hormone levels that were affected by your tumor.

From: Adrenal Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is adrenal cancer?"

National Cancer Institute: "Adrenocortical Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Adrenal Tumors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Adrenal Tumors."

Diane Reidy-Lagunes, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

UptoDate: "Adrenal Cancer."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 04, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is adrenal cancer?"

National Cancer Institute: "Adrenocortical Carcinoma."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Adrenal Tumors."

MD Anderson Cancer Center: "Adrenal Tumors."

Diane Reidy-Lagunes, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

UptoDate: "Adrenal Cancer."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 04, 2019

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