Adrenal tumors could be a sign of cancer, but even benign adrenal tumors can be problematic and require treatment. The team at Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes in Phoenix, Arizona, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for adrenal tumors. When you’re ready to learn more, book an appointment online or by phone.
A tumor is a tissue mass that forms when abnormal cells accumulate in one place. Your body is continuously creating new cells as existing cells age and die. Cancer disrupts this cycle, triggering abnormally rapid cell growth.
You have two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. These glands secrete cortisol, aldosterone, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Your body needs these hormones to function normally. Too much or too little can cause a number of problems.
When abnormal cells accumulate into an adrenal tumor, the tumor is most likely benign, meaning it is not cancerous. However, cancer isn’t the only risk associated with adrenal tumors. Some adrenal tumors cause overproduction of one or more hormones.
Adrenal tumors can present a wide range of symptoms, including:
As you can see, these symptoms can also indicate other health conditions. The best way to get a proper diagnosis is to work with a skilled endocrinologist like those on staff at Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes.
The team offers numerous diagnostic tools to determine if your adrenal tumors are cancerous or causing health challenges. If a tumor is cancerous, your provider can stage the tumor to determine how invasive the cancer cells have become.
Your provider helps you decide on a treatment path that fits your needs and goals. If the tumor is nonfunctioning, and not affecting hormone production, periodic CT scans can monitor their size over time. You might not need to remove these types of tumors.
Most adrenal tumors that impact hormone production require removal, even if they are small. If a tumor is cancerous, surgical removal is the primary treatment path.
Tumor removal can occur through a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. In some cases, you require an incision in your back to remove an adrenal tumor. You may need chemotherapy and/or radiation to reduce the risk of cancerous cells spreading.
If you require diagnostic or treatment services for adrenal tumors, reach out to Arkangel Endocrinology & Diabetes to book an appointment. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to check appointment availability.