One adrenal gland sits above each of your kidneys. Your two adrenal glands produce various hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, blood sugar and other essential functions. If a noncancerous (benign) adrenal tumor or adrenal cancer is discovered, you may require an adrenalectomy (uh-dree-nul-EK-tuh-me) to remove the adrenal gland that has the tumor. If one adrenal gland is removed, the other takes over full function without the need for supplemental medications.

Your doctor can explain your treatment options and discuss whether an adrenalectomy is the most appropriate treatment for you.

Nov. 17, 2011