Adrenal Gland Cancer
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Adrenal Gland Cancer - A rare form of cancer that forms in the adrenal gland (one of two glands located on top of each kidney). Adrenocortical carcinoma (also called adrenocortical cancer and cancer of the adrenal cortex) starts in the cortex, or the outer tissue layer of the adrenal gland. Adrenocortical carcinoma can secrete aggressive levels of cortisal, leading to a condition known as Cushing's disease (characterized by weight gain, an increase in blood pressure, and a rounding in the appearance of the face). Unique symptoms in women include changes in the menstrual cycle. Unique symptoms in men include "feminization." Adrenal gland cancer can also cause biochemical changes that produce a feeling of anxiety.
Pheochromocytoma is an adrenal gland tumor that forms in the center of the adrenal gland (called the medulla) where nervous system hormones are made. Although these tumors are usually benign, they can produce symptoms such as: acidosis (an abnormal increase of the acid levels in body fluids), high blood pressure, unexplained fevers, and unplanned weight loss.
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