Surgical Options

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Surgeons Utilize Advanced Surgical Techniques

Urologic Oncology Center, a part of UH Seidman Cancer Center, offers a variety of surgical therapies to treat adrenal cancer. Our expert physicians recommend surgical treatments based on an individual's unique cancer condition.

When Surgery is the Best Choice

UH Seidman Cancer Center doctors suggest surgery for the treatment of adrenal cancer when a tumor is confined to the adrenal gland. In the beginning stages of growth, an adrenal cancer may not produce noticeable symptoms. Often, patients do not seek medical treatment until symptoms become bothersome due to the growth of the tumor. Excess hormones produced by the tumor may also cause unpleasant side effects for the individual.

Our expert surgeons perform surgical procedures to remove benign and malignant adrenal tumors, including:

  • Transabdominal surgery: The surgeon makes an incision in the patient's abdomen, which allows him or her to check for cancer in nearby blood vessels and organs. This also allows the surgeon to remove nearby tissue directly involved with the tumor.
  • Thoracoabdominal surgery: The doctor makes an incision in the patient's abdomen to remove large, malignant adrenal tumors. This procedure allows the physician to gain a better view of the tissue surrounding the tumor, which may contain cancer cells.
  • Posterior surgery: This surgical procedure is used for small, benign tumors and involves an incision in the patient's mid-abdomen, above the kidneys. Recovery from a posterior surgery is often easier than recovery from other procedures. This approach is not utilized with confirmed or suspected adrenal tumor malignancies because exposure is limited.
  • Palliative tumor debulking: In some circumstances, the physician performs a palliative tumor debulking or reducing surgery to improve the quality of life and increase the chance of survival for patients with metastatic adrenal cancers. For this noncurative procedure, the surgeon removes as much of the tumor as is safely possible to relieve symptoms related to the adrenal cancer.

Before selecting a surgical treatment, the UH Seidman Cancer Center physician and the patient thoroughly discuss the costs and benefits associated with the procedure.

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