Your adrenal glands (located above the kidneys) play a vital role in producing hormones that regulate your immune system, metabolism, blood pressure, and other essential functions. However, if your adrenal glands begin to grow abnormally and form a tumor, this is a sign of adrenal cancer.
Adrenal glands have two parts: the medulla and the cortex. The type of adrenal cancer depends on the part of the adrenal gland that develops a tumor.
Common symptoms of adrenal cancer include:
At Far North Surgery, we can treat adrenal cancer with surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. These treatment options can be used in combination or separately depending on the stage of cancer. For more advanced forms of adrenal cancer, we resort to chemotherapy combined with surgery to destroy cancer cells and prevent them from growing and spreading.
Adrenalectomy is the surgical method of removing adrenal glands/tumors, which can be performed in two ways:
Several small incisions would be made on the side of the abdomen to insert a laparoscope through. Then, surgical instruments through the other incisions would remove the tumor or diseased adrenal gland. However, this procedure does not help remove large tumors.
This procedure is only performed if there are large tumors or if laparoscopic adrenalectomy is not an option. A single, large incision would be made across the abdomen to remove the adrenal tumor. We would also inspect and remove nearby organs if the cancer has spread to them.
High-energy X-ray beams would be used to kill cancer cells and reduce other related symptoms, including pain.
Involves image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat cancer. This is performed using small catheters, needles, and other minimally invasive tools. In some cases, we may perform this procedure as an alternative to open surgery because of reduced pain and complications and quicker recovery time it provides.
Chemotherapy drugs will be administered intravenously or orally to destroy cancer cells and stop their growth.
Far North Surgery, one of the best surgical oncology centers in Anchorage, Alaska, provides personalized and comprehensive treatment options for adrenal cancer. Our surgical oncologist, Dr. Madhu Prasad, has several decades of expertise to diagnose and treat adrenal cancer successfully.
We follow a holistic approach to treating adrenal cancer with the latest surgical equipment and advanced surgical procedures, ensuring technical excellence and exceptional patient care.
To learn more about adrenal cancer treatment options in Anchorage, Alaska, contact us today.