Treatments for adrenal gland cancer
If you have adrenal gland cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for adrenal gland cancer, your healthcare team will consider:
- the stage
- the grade
- whether the tumour makes and releases hormones (functional) or not (non-functional)
- whether the tumour can be completely removed with surgery (is resectable) or can’t be removed with surgery (is unresectable)
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