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Adrenal Gland Tumor

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The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and produce multiple important hormones that include cortisol (which controls the body's stress response), aldosterone (important for salt and water balance) and adrenaline. Tumors of the adrenal glands are typically rare and may be indicative of adrenal cancer or they may be completely harmless.

However, one type of tumor of the adrenal glands, called a pheochromocytoma, can cause serious problems such as severely high blood pressure. In some cases, pheochromocytoma is part of another condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome, which can be associated with other cancers and other problems involving hormones.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this condition, turn to the experts in Jefferson's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases or Department of Urology. Our physicians provide a multidisciplinary approach that includes expert evaluation and management of this disease as well as a surgical option if necessary.

Surgery is most often the recommended procedure for treating these tumors. Our expert urologists at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, with your endocrinologist, will work together to provide the best course of treatment for your condition. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center and home to internationally renowned cancer physicians and research scientists. If the tumors are too large, cryoablation or radiofrequency ablation may be recommended.