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MD Anderson’s Endocrine Center has one of the nation’s few programs dedicated to providing personalized care for benign and malignant adrenal gland tumors, a group of complex and diverse disorders.

MD Anderson’s Endocrine Center has one of the nation’s few programs dedicated to providing personalized care for benign and malignant adrenal gland tumors, a group of complex and diverse disorders.

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.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Adrenal gland tumors are treated in our Endocrine Center.

Facts

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. 

Adrenal gland tumor facts

did you know?

Adrenal glands play a major role in regulating the body's hormones.

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Adrenal gland tumor symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Adrenal gland tumor diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for adrenal gland tumors based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Adrenal gland tumor treatment

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about adrenal gland tumors in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

BY Elizabeth York

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...