What is the adrenal gland?
There are two triangular shaped adrenal glands, one above each kidney in the back of the upper abdomen. They produce sex hormones and cortisol and are responsible for regulating our immune system and stress response.
What is adrenal cancer?
Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a malignant tumor of the adrenal gland and is a very rare cancer that affects both children and adults. This form of cancer is most common in people in their 30’s and 40’s. Due to it’s positioning, the small size of the tumor and the fact that many patients with this cancer have no symptoms, ACC is often diagnosed late and very possibly after the cancer has spread to surrounding tissue, the lymphatic system, blood, or other organs.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal cancer
Symptoms could include:
- Abdominal pain and/or mass
- Increased blood pressure
- A feeling of being full
- Unexpected weight loss
- New onset of diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Muscle cramps
- Hair growth on the face
- Swelling of sex organs or breasts
Traditional treatment options for adrenal cancer
There are various treatment options for adrenal cancer including surgical removal of the adrenal gland, chemotherapy and radiation.
Utopia Wellness’ Intensive Medical Program for adrenal cancer
Adrenal Cancer is a very stressful diagnosis and your Utopia Wellness team understands this. We work with you to design a customized holistic plan to ensure you have the most effective alternative treatments for your specific cancer.