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Adrenal Gland Tumor

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 2/2013
Questions to Ask the Doctor

Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.

  • What type of adrenal gland tumor do I have?
  • Is the tumor cancerous?
  • Is the tumor functional or nonfunctional? What does this mean?
  • Is the tumor located only in the adrenal gland?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What is my prognosis? 
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • What treatment, or combination of treatments, do you recommend? Why?
  • Is surgery required? If so, what type of surgery? Will the entire adrenal gland be removed?
  • How experienced is the surgeon with this type of surgery?
  • Are there radiation therapy and surgery options to treat the tumor?
  • Can chemotherapy control the tumor?
  • What is the goal of each treatment?
  • Will I need hormone replacement therapy? For how long?
  • Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
  • What are the possible side effects of each treatment, both in the short term and long term?
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how and for how long?
  • Could this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant or have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins?
  • If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my medical care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • What are the chances the tumor could come back after treatment?
  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?
  • Could my other family members be at risk for an adrenal gland tumor?
  • Should I or other family members talk with a genetic counselor?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?

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