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Glossary for Adrenal Cancer

  • Addison's Disease: A rare progressive hormonal disorder characterized by insufficient production of certain hormones called adrenal corticosteroids.
  • Adrenal disorders: Disorders affecting the adrenal glands
  • Adrenal gland symptoms: Symptoms affecting the adrenal glands
  • Adrenal insufficiency: Where there is insufficient secretion of hormones secreted from the adrenal glands
  • Adrenocortical carcinoma: A condition which is characterized by malignancy which affects the adrenocortex.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Dup (2) (p23-p21): A rare chromosomal disorder characterized by various anomalies. The listed symptoms are those observed in two reported cases. The manifestations linked to most genetic defects are often variable to some degree.
  • Endocrine system cancer: Cancer that affects any gland in the endocrine system
  • Endocrine system conditions: Medical conditions affecting the endocrine systems, such as the related hormones or glands.
  • Excessive fat on top of back: Excessive fat on top of back is a condition in which there is more than the normal amount of fat on the back.
  • Exercise: The use of the human muscles to improve ones health
  • Hair loss: Loss or thinning of head or body hair
  • Hairiness: Increasing or heavy head or body hair
  • Hirsutism: Increased hairiness
  • Increased facial hair: Increased growth of hair on the face
  • Increased libido: Increased sexual desires and urges
  • Kidney Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the kidneys
  • Lung cancer: Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth may lead to metastasis, which is the invasion of adjacent tissue and infiltration beyond the lungs. Most lung tumors are malignant.
  • Masculinisation: Increased male physical appearance in females
  • Metastatic cancer: Any cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
  • No symptoms: The absence of noticable symptoms.
  • Pheochromocytoma: Pheochromocytoma is a neuroendocrine tumor of the medulla of the adrenal glands (originating in the chromaffin cells), or extra-adrenal chromaffin tissue that failed to involute after birth and secretes excessive amounts of catecholamines, usually epinephrine and norepinephrine.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that affects approximately 5% of all women.
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease: Genetic disease causing multiple benign tumors


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