Adrenocortical Carcinoma | Diagnosis & Treatment

How are adrenocortical carcinoma diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, adrenocortical carcinoma is diagnosed with:

After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.

What are the treatment options for adrenocortical carcinoma?

Adrenocortical carcinoma is treated with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Additional treatment may include artificial hormones that block the masculinizing effects of the tumor. If recurrence occurs, adequate surgical removal is associated with improved survival compared to patients whose tumors cannot be surgically removed.

What is the long-term outlook for children with adrenocortical carcinoma?

As surgical techniques improve, so too should prognosis. The survival rate for patients whose tumors are detected at an early stage approaches 90 percent. However, survival decreases with more advanced tumors — the overall survival rate is 54 percent. Complete surgical removal can cure adrenocortical carcinoma.