Adrenal Cancer

Expert treatment for adrenocortical cancer in San Diego

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Expert treatment for adrenocortical cancer in San Diego

The cancer specialists at Scripps are experts in caring for people with adrenal cancer, also known as adrenocortical carcinoma or cancer of the adrenal cortex. Our oncology specialists use the most advanced therapies to eliminate cancer and prevent recurrence, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

Treatment options at Scripps

Adrenal cancer is a rare form of endocrine cancer that starts in the outer layer of the adrenal glands. Located above each kidney, adrenal glands produce steroid hormones called adrenaline and noradrenaline to control heart rate, blood pressure and other body functions.


Surgery and chemotherapy are the most common treatments for adrenal cancer. Radiation therapy also may be used. Your Scripps cancer care team will customize your treatment plan based on several factors, including:


  • The stage of your cancer
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your age and overall health

Adrenal cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats adrenal cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

Scripps knows what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps helps you along every step of your cancer journey.