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How likely is someone at risk for getting adrenal gland adenoma if they have tumors?

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Having the tumors doesn’t make you any more likely to get adrenal cancer, but it can be hard to tell the difference between an adenoma and a tumor that’s cancer. Your doctor will likely have your urine and blood tested to check your hormone levels, and maybe do some imaging tests to be sure what it is.

If you do have symptoms, it’s because you have a functioning tumor that could be in either part of the adrenal gland: the outer part (the cortex) or the inner part (the medulla).

From: What Is an Adrenal Gland Adenoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Adrenal Cancer,” “All About Neuroblastoma.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Adrenal Tumors.”

American Cancer Society: “Adrenal Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the Stress Response.”

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, “Adenoma of the Adrenal Gland.”

NIH National Cancer Institute: “Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Adrenal Tumors.”

Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma.”

USC, Department for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, “Adrenal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 20, 2017

SOURCES:

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Adrenal Cancer,” “All About Neuroblastoma.”

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Adrenal Tumors.”

American Cancer Society: “Adrenal Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Understanding the Stress Response.”

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, “Adenoma of the Adrenal Gland.”

NIH National Cancer Institute: “Adrenocortical Carcinoma Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version,” “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Adrenal Tumors.”

Medscape: “Pheochromocytoma.”

USC, Department for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, “Adrenal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 20, 2017

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