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What tests are used to diagnose adrenal cancer?

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Tests to diagnose adrenal cancer include:

  • Physical exam and medical history. Your doctor will ask you about your health habits and any past problems.
  • Blood and urine tests. They check for signs that you make too many sex hormones or steroids, such as low levels of potassium or high levels of cortisol or estrogen.
  • Imaging tests. Your doctor can give you scans to see if you have a tumor or cancer cells. These include X-rays, an ultrasound, a computed tomography scan, an MRI, and a positron emission tomography scan, which can also tell if your disease has spread.
  • Laparoscopy. Your doctor can insert a very thin tube into your body with a tiny video camera attached to the end. This shows places where your cancer may be growing.
  • Biopsy. With a needle, your doctor can take a tiny sample of tissue to test under a microscope to see if you have cancer.

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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