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    Adrenal Tumor

    Can anybody tell me what joys I have to look forward to? It is not a Pheo, thank god.

    I went in for a cat scan of my belly for colon problems and they pop this goody on me without too much in the way of explanation since we were more concerned about my cement filled colon that has pockets all throughout even up to my esophagus. I'm already basically a vegetarian, so diet is not to blame.

    Anyway, so what does a tumor on the adrenal gland do?
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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    Very often they do nothing - they're called incidentalomas - very common actually. If that's all that is, I believe you ignore it.

    Other times, I guess they can be functional - I don't remember just what they can do at the moment.

    Pheos are very rare, we thought my husband had one actually, so I've researched that topic to death. Just curious - how do they know it isn't a pheo though, from a CT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAM63 View Post
    Just curious - how do they know it isn't a pheo though, from a CT?
    I suspect it is the magic glasses that these docs seem to wear. I don't know.
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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    Just looking up some more - perhaps they know it is not a pheo because of the location. Again, pheos are very rare anyway, so the chances would have been very low in any case.

    Some adrenal tumors can produce hormones (cortisol, etc) and can cause various disorders. It would depend where yours is, and what (if anything) it is doing.

    Did the doctor give you any more information? Where it is in the adrenal gland? Give it a name? What, if anything, do they intend to do about it?

    Sorry, anything "extra" in one's body is always a worry.

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    I didn't hear much to be honest about what or where after the word tumor. It seems to be affecting my gut motility and that is why he even mentioned it. I am as ignorant as can be about this, you know how people stop hearing after they hear the word tumor.

    I will find out later what they intend to do about it.
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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    Yeah, I know that is a heart-stopping word. I'm sorry.

    Remember all tumors are not cancer - a tumor is just a growth. Many are benign - i.e. not cancerous.

    Many adrenal tumors are benign - and if they are functional (secreting a hormone) they can often/usually be removed surgically. It sounds like yours may be secreting something that is affecting your gut. So maybe they will remove it.

    Of course, we don't know what kind it is, and I'm talking sometimes/often/usually and guessing.

    Hopefully the doctor will give you some more details soon. If it were me, I would like to know:

    the specific location of it in the adrenal
    perhaps the size of it
    what hormone(s) they think it might be secreting - and are they testing that
    do they know what it is - if not, how will they find out
    do they intend to surgically remove it

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    Skippy - Dr. Marie Flesereau (not sure of spelling) at OHSU pituitary unit is a specialist on this. I'd try to get a referral from the vets to go see her. She is Romanian, incidentally, so I guess that gives me a good excuse for not remembering how to spell her name. Huckleberry

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    Skippy, I don't have any advice...just wanted to let you know I read your post and I'm sending good vibes your way. I'm sorry you are having to deal with this on top of all the other stuff you have to manage with your health. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
    "The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

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    Skippy I'm sorry you are having problems. I don't know much about adrenal glands, but I have a friend that I see at dialysis, and he just had his adrenal removed, and he is doing great. He said he has to take some hormone now, but I was really happy to see how well he did. I hope you don't have to have surgery, but get whatever is causing you problems fixed, k?

    All the best.
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