The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and produce certain hormones. Adrenal cancer, also called adrenocortical cancer, is rare.
Symptoms of adrenal cancer are similar to symptoms of other medical conditions. They include pain in the abdomen, unwanted or unexpected weight loss, weakness, and increased hairiness (in women).
Your health care provider may order several tests to confirm your diagnosis. These include urine and blood hormone tests, which look at hormone levels.
Your treatment depends on the size and location of the tumor and the extent of the disease. Several types of treatment are available, including laparoscopic surgery, which requires a short stay in the hospital.
Side effects of treatment depend on the specific treatment given and can vary from patient to patient. Your cancer specialist will work with you to keep any side effects at a minimum.
Learn more about adrenal cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.