Pheochromocytoma

Expert treatment for adrenal medulla cancer in San Diego

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Expert treatment for adrenal medulla cancer in San Diego

Scripps oncologists treat pheochromocytoma with expertise and the most advanced treatment options. Most of these rare tumors are treated with surgery, and when possible, Scripps performs minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.


Our cancer teams personalize treatment to eliminate cancer while maintaining your quality of life. Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

Pheochromocytoma treatment

Pheochromocytoma is an extremely rare type of neuroendocrine tumor that forms in the adrenal medulla, which is the center of the adrenal gland. 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 ablation are the most common treatments for pheochromocytoma. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and targeted 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

Pheochromocytoma treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats pheochromocytoma 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 know 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.