The adrenal glands — two triangular shaped glands on top of either kidney — produce hormones that control blood pressure, help regulate metabolism, and burn protein and fat, among other things. These glands can develop benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors. Most adrenal tumors are benign but can still have adverse effects on your quality of life if they are producing excess hormones. Malignant adrenal tumors, though rare, can spread throughout the body and remain one of the most deadly cancers. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our adrenal tumor specialists are highly experienced in accurately diagnosing benign adenomas and adrenal cancers, and matching patients with the most effective therapies.
Multidisciplinary care team
NewYork-Presbyterian’s endocrine cancer team provides advanced care to patients with adrenal gland tumors. Each patient has a dedicated team of endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and others with experience treating people with adrenal gland tumors.
Genetic testing and counseling
Some cases of adrenal cancer are linked to disorders that are passed through families. We provide genetic counseling and testing for patients and their family members with genetic syndromes such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome which is associated with an increased risk of developing adrenal cancer. If you learn your family has a genetic mutation that increases your risk of adrenal cancer, we may regularly monitor your condition.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
The endocrine oncology programs at NewYork-Presbyterian is dedicated to finding and treating your cancer quickly and efficiently. To that end, we use cutting-edge technology to identify cancer markers in your blood. The only cure currently available for adrenal cancer is surgical removal. Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques that allow you to heal faster with fewer scars. In specifics cases, novel therapies and imaging technology can be used to optimize your outcome.