Adrenal Tumors

What are Adrenal Tumors?

Adrenal tumors are masses that grow in the adrenal gland, the organ responsible for producing hormones in response to physical and emotional stress. Adrenal tumors may be functioning or non-functioning, meaning that some produce hormones and some do not. Functioning tumors produce extra hormones that can cause problems such as early puberty, high blood pressure, sweating, headaches, and abdominal pain.

Many different types of adrenal tumors exist including adrenal adenomas, adrenocortical carcinomas (ACCs), and pheochromocytomas. Adrenal adenomas are relatively common, occurring in some 5% to 10% of the population, while ACCs are rare.

How we approach adrenal tumors at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Children with adrenal tumors are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Endocrine-Oncology Program. Advanced cancers may also be treated through our Solid Tumor Center. Our integrated pediatric oncology service offers—in one specialized program—the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a premier children’s hospital. We build a team to treat your child consisting of oncologists, endocrinologists, genetic counselors, and surgeons.

Find in-depth information on adrenal tumors on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including answers to:

  • How are adrenal tumors classified?
  • What are the causes and symptoms of adrenal tumors?
  • How are adrenal tumors diagnosed?
  • What are the treatments for adrenal tumors?
  • What is the latest research on adrenal tumors
  • What is the long-term outlook for adrenal tumors?