Adrenal Cancer Treatment
Adrenal cancer treatment options typically include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Each patient’s treatment plan will vary based on the type, size and location of his or her tumor, as well as whether it is producing hormones (and if so, which ones). At Moffitt Cancer Center, our experienced oncologists take into consideration each of these factors to provide our patients with highly individualized treatment plans. Additionally, our team is continually investigating the newest adrenal cancer treatment options, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors, giving our patients a wide range of choices to improve their outcomes and quality of life.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer the latest advances in:
- Adrenal cancer surgery – Often, removing an adrenal tumor (along with the corresponding adrenal gland) is a key part of treatment. At Moffitt, we have a team of surgical oncologists who focus exclusively on endocrine surgery, using both traditional and laparoscopic techniques. For certain early-stage tumors, surgery can potentially cure the condition.
- Single-agent and combination chemotherapy – Our medical oncologists can provide each patient with a tailored prescription for adrenal cancer chemotherapy, using advanced genetic analyses to determine which medications are most likely to be effective. This includes mitotane, an FDA-approved medication for the treatment of adrenocortical carcinoma, and other novel medications.
- Targeted radiation therapy – Our radiation oncologists can design highly precise radiation therapy plans to destroy cancerous cells with high-energy beams while minimizing the impact on surrounding healthy tissues.
- Clinical trials – Our patients have access to new adrenal cancer treatment options, such as hormone-based medication treatments, through our robust clinic trials program. This enables them to benefit from the latest innovations before those treatments are made available on a wide scale, while helping us determine the most effective ways to deliver adrenal tumor treatments.
We believe adrenal cancer treatment is most advantageous when it is provided by a team of specialists, which is why we make it possible for our patients to work with several expert medical professionals in a single location. At Moffitt, head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, endocrinologists, nurses and supportive care providers all combine their expertise to give each patient the comprehensive, individualized attention he or she deserves.