Endocrine Cancer Treatment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Endocrine malignancies are cancerous tumors that grow in organs that control the body’s hormone levels. Endocrine cancer treatment will often combine several methods, such as:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Endocrine Cancer Surgery

Our practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, focuses on minimally invasive solutions to our patient’s medical conditions. Some of the minimally invasive surgical endocrine cancer treatments we provide include:

  • Enduomenal surgery
  • Endoscopic endonasal surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Single-incision laparoscopic surgery
  • Renal surgery
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Parathyroid and thyroid surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Minimally invasive surgery for endometrial and cervical cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer surgery
  • Removal of the adrenal glands

Endocrine cancer surgery may also be recommended to relieve symptoms and improve the patient’s body’s ability to respond to treatment.

Adrenal Adenoma

An adrenal adenoma is a noncancerous growth that occurs in the adrenal glands. Most of them don’t even produce any symptoms, but others may interfere with the body’s hormonal balance, forcing the glands to produce more hormones, like cortisol.

Adrenal Adenoma Symptoms

As mentioned above, some of these tumors produce no symptoms. However, functioning adrenal adenomas can force the adrenal glands to produce excess hormones (mostly aldosterone or cortisol).

In these cases, the symptoms of the tumor may be the following:

  • Muscles weakness, occasional numbness
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • High blood sugar
  • Low levels of potassium
  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal stretch marks
  • Weight gain in the upper body
  • Mood changes

Adrenal Adenoma Treatment

Treatment options will mostly depend on whether the tumor is interfering with hormone production. Small, nonfunctional tumors may only require periodic monitoring. If the tumor grows rapidly, it may get removed with surgery.

Functioning tumors are usually treated in the following ways:

  • Adrenal gland removal or adrenalectomy, either with the help of laparoscopy or with a more invasive approach when the tumor is larger and possibly malignant. Sometimes, the remaining adrenal gland may be sufficient for normal hormone production, but if not, hormone therapy is needed.

Medication: if surgery isn’t an option, patients will receive medication therapy the normalize hormone levels.

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