We have deep expertise in the treatment of adrenal tumors. Included among our multidisciplinary team are:
- Endocrine surgeons
- Radiation oncologists
- Medical geneticists
The UCHealth – CU Cancer Center adrenal cancer program, established in 2013, offers a comprehensive treatment approach, and patients benefit from the blended expertise of a team of physicians.
Our multidisciplinary tumor board meets regularly to discuss the best treatment options for each patient.
Patients with adrenal cancer are seen within one week of referral and we offer same-day outpatient evaluation in a joint Endocrine, Surgery and Oncology clinic.
Currently the primary treatment for adrenal tumor is surgical removal of the tumor within the adrenal gland, as well as all surrounding structures that may have been invaded by the tumor. At UCHealth, our provider team has advanced expertise in adrenal tumor surgery. In unresectable or recurrent tumors surgery, medical therapy, chemotherapy and radiation are potential options.
We are actively pursuing research in the area of adrenal cancer and adrenal and extra-adrenal tumors called pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma respectively, as there is a need for better targeted medical treatments. Our research is focused on uncovering new genes and molecular pathways in these tumors that could be targeted in patients with adrenal cancer.
Advanced treatment and research
As the regional leader in cancer research, treatment and support, at UCHealth you will get specialized multidisciplinary care not available anywhere else in Colorado.
- Experts in cancer diagnosis and staging, which are the first steps for getting proper cancer care
- Expert endocrine surgeons specializing in adrenal tumor surgery
- Treatment strategies and monitoring based on the latest guidelines, and potential for enrollment into clinical trials when available
Get second opinions and remote second opinions
UCHealth and the University of Colorado Cancer Center are nationally recognized for their second opinions programs.
What to bring to your second opinion appointment
Our second opinions are based on our review of all available information, including comprehensively re-reviewing all scans and tests.
Please bring all medical records dating back to your diagnosis to your second opinion appointment. Ideally, these should also include your scans on CDs and the actual tumor specimen on microscope slides. The doctors who have looked after you already should be able to provide these for you.
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare cancer with an estimated 500 new cases annually is US.
- The majority of ACC are sporadic (non-hereditary) with few recently identified genetic mutation syndromes.
Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma are adrenal and extra-adrenal tumors, respectively, that secrets high amount of adrenaline.
- Approximately more than 25% of pheochromocytomas/paragangiomas are hereditary, and about 20-25% of these tumors are malignant.
Functional Adrenal Tumors represent about 10-15% of all adrenal tumors.