What is an Adrenal Tumor?
An adrenal tumor is a tumor located in one of the adrenal glands. Many adrenal tumors are benign, sometimes only being diagnosed as part of an examination or imaging study for another condition. There are several treatment approaches for adrenal tumors, depending on the precise location of the tumor and its grade. In some cases, the tumor may be left alone and monitored, while in other instances, it may be necessary to excise the tumor. The adrenal glands can be found sitting on top of the kidneys. There are two parts to the adrenal gland, both of which can be affected by adrenal tumors. The adrenal medulla lies at the core of the gland, while the adrenal cortex covers the outside. Both parts are responsible for producing a range of hormones, including endocrine hormones. Like other tumors, an adrenal tumor is characterized by the controlled growth of cells. Under normal conditions, the human body’s cells are constantly copying themselves and dying off. In the case of a tumor, cells st