Adrenal cancer is a rare but dangerous form of cancer that affects your adrenal glands. If you have a family history of adrenal cancer and develop symptoms, contact the expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta. The team provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment to get rid of the tumor and restore your health. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
What is adrenal cancer?
Your adrenal glands are located on top of your kidneys. They produce the hormones that provide instructions to nearly every organ in your body. Adrenal cancer begins in those glands. When it’s caught early, the disease is usually treatable.
Your risk of developing adrenal cancer increases if you have a personal or family history of the disease. Your risk of adrenal cancer is higher if you have an inherited condition such as Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, Carney complex, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Lynch syndrome, or multiple endocrine neoplasia.
What are the warning signs of adrenal cancer?
Adrenal cancer can cause a variety of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms, including:
- Weight gain
- Muscle weakness
- Dark pink or purple stretch marks
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal bloating
- Back pain
- Lost appetite
- Unintentional weight loss
Adrenal cancer can also cause hormonal changes that trigger symptoms such as facial hair growth, thinning hair, and irregular periods in women. Men might develop gynecomastia or testicle shrinkage.
How do you diagnose adrenal cancer?
If you have an elevated risk of adrenal cancer and are experiencing symptoms. The urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta provide comprehensive testing, including blood tests and urinalysis. Your doctor might also recommend a CT, MRI, or PET scan to evaluate your adrenal glands.
Your urologist might also recommend removing a suspect adrenal gland and running lab tests to check for abnormal cells or other signs of cancer.
How do you treat adrenal cancer?
The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta offers a variety of treatments for adrenal cancer, depending on the severity of your condition and your overall health needs. Your treatment plan could include medication, radiation, or chemotherapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the tumor or your adrenal glands.