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What is the treatment for adrenal cancer?

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Your doctor will come up with a treatment plan based on your cancer and your overall health. Treatment includes:

  • Surgery. This is the only option that may be able to cure you. Your doctor may remove one or both of your adrenal glands. If your disease has spread, he or she may also need to take out nearby lymph nodes -- small glands that are part of your immune system, your body's defense against germs.
  • Radiation. This treatment can kill cancer cells or keep your tumor from growing. It's sometimes done after you've had surgery. Your doctor may beam radiation into your body through an outside machine, place radioactive seeds near the tumor, or insert a sealed radioactive capsule or wire into it.

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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