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Treatment Options for Adrenal Cancer

Treatment for adrenal cancer is either local or systemic. Local treatments remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in one certain area. Surgery and radiation are local treatments. Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells throughout the entire body. Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment. A patient may have just one treatment or a combination of treatments.

Different types of treatment have different goals. Below is a list of various adrenal cancer treatments with their respective goals.

Today, many adrenal tumors can be removed laparoscopically. This is a less invasive surgery that allows patients to leave the hospital after one or two days. Patients usually have less pain and can return to normal activities sooner.

Doctors are always looking for new ways to treat adrenal cancer. These new methods are tested in clinical trials. Before beginning treatment, a person should ask their doctor if there are any clinical trials available in the hospital where they are being treated they should consider.

At first, the information a patient receives about treatment options may seem overwhelming. It is important that patients take the time to gather as much information as possible about their disease and its treatment and to discuss the issues with their doctors, nurses, and loved ones. Many people find it helpful to make a list of questions before seeing their doctor.

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