Many doctors outside MD Anderson are not familiar with adrenal gland tumors, and most see only a few cases over their careers.
Our renowned experts diagnose and treat hundreds of patients with adrenal gland tumors each year, giving us a remarkable level of experience and expertise that translates into exemplary care. Your personal team of specialists, which may include endocrinologists, surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, meets regularly and communicates closely. They work together – and with you – to be sure you receive the best care.
Advanced diagnosis and research
Accurate diagnosis of adrenal gland tumors is often challenging, and it requires a high degree of skill and experience. MD Anderson’s laboratories provide a range of specialized approaches, including radiographic scanning, adreno-venous sampling and biochemical testing, to diagnose and determine the extent of disease. And, since many adrenal gland tumors are inherited, we offer comprehensive genetic testing and counseling.
Your treatment at MD Anderson includes the most advanced methods with the least impact on the body, including targeted therapies and nuclear medicine approaches. If surgery is necessary, our surgeons are often able to perform less-invasive procedures.
Because some adrenal gland tumors are rare, clinical trials can be difficult to find. As one of the nation’s premier programs, we offer research studies of innovative treatments that may be your best option for certain adrenal gland tumors, such as adrenal cancer, malignant pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about adrenal gland tumors, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
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In 2005, violinist Treesa Gold became concerned when she began experiencing weight gain, hair loss and acne. She saw a doctor, who told her, “You’re 24 and healthy. Stop being paranoid.”
Unsatisfied with this response, she saw an endocrinologist a few months later. After reviewing her bloodwork, he ordered a CT scan, which revealed a 13-centimeter adrenal gland tumor. Treesa was diagnosed with adrenocortical carcinoma. A surgeon...