Pheochromocytoma is an extremely rare type of neuroendocrine tumor that forms in the adrenal medulla (the center of the adrenal gland).
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Treatment options for pheochromocytoma may include:
Adrenalectomy, which is the removal of one or both adrenal glands, as well as inspection of tissues and lymph nodes inside the abdomen to determine if the tumor has spread.
Chemotherapy drugs are approved for use in fighting pheochromocytoma that has spread to other parts of the body.
External beam radiation therapy can be provided for palliative care of pheochromocytoma.
A procedure using radio waves and heat to destroy abnormal cells.
A procedure in which physicians freeze and destroy abnormal cells in the adrenal glands, using liquid carbon dioxide.
This is a specific treatment to block the artery that leads to the adrenal gland, helping kill cancer cells growing there.
Tyrosine kinase inhibitors, such as sunitinib, can block signals that tumors need to grow and are being studied as new treatment options for pheochromocytoma.
To enhance the care of people dealing with pheochromocytoma, Scripps Health also offers patient support services.