Adrenal cancer care at Mayo Clinic

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Why choose Mayo Clinic for Adrenal Treatment

Travis J. McKenzie, M.D., Endocrine and Metabolic Surgery: Here at Mayo, in endocrine and metabolic surgery, we treat the entire spectrum, really, of adrenal disease.

Benzon M. Dy, M.D., Endocrine and Metabolic Surgery: Adrenal can have very complex pathology and can be very difficult to diagnose. It involves multiple biochemical evaluations, different imaging techniques to get accurate diagnoses, as well as needing expert pathologists.

Dr. McKenzie: There's a lot of reasons to come to Mayo Clinic for evaluation of adrenal tumors. So first and foremost is our multi-disciplinary approach. We have a large endocrinology practice that has a high-volume practice. They're experts in evaluation and preparation of adrenal tumors. Then of course, radiologists who are expert in abdominal and endocrine and adrenal radiology. And then finally the surgical team. We have four endocrine surgeons here that are all experts in adrenal surgery, that are very high-volume surgeons. What we're able to do here is really compress itineraries and make things very efficient for patients with regard to the work-up and ultimate treatments, such that most of this can be done in a single trip. Adrenal tumors, they're extraordinarily rare and most endocrinology teams and surgical teams don't deal with adrenal pathology very frequently. And so you really want to seek out an expert team and that's exactly what we can provide here at the Mayo Clinic.

Melanie L. Lyden, M.D., Endocrine and Metabolic Surgery: In terms of adrenal surgery, it's not just taking out the adrenal, it's knowing what the right procedure is. We're able to really individualize it to the patient. We have surgeons that do it laparoscopic, robotically, we do single-site robotic, we do posterior approaches and open procedures. So you can confirm that you have the best surgery to manage your disease that you have.

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Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating adrenal cancer. At Mayo Clinic, you can expect compassionate and comprehensive care focused on your individual needs.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic doctors often work together in a multidisciplinary team so that all of your needs and all of your treatment options can be considered together. Your care team might include experts in endocrinology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and radiology. Other experts, including pediatric specialists, are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors are skilled at using the latest technology to make an accurate diagnosis of adrenal cancer. Pathologists at Mayo Clinic have extensive experience and training that they draw on when determining whether an adrenal mass is cancerous or noncancerous.

If you're diagnosed with adrenal cancer, you can consider a full range of treatment options. Your care team will work with you to determine which options are best for your situation and will take into account your personal preferences.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors have the knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive care to those with adrenal cancers and to provide you with exactly the care you need.

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, experts in endocrinology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology and radiology form a multidisciplinary group to care for people with adrenal cancer. Other experts, including pediatric specialists, are included as needed.
  • Diagnostic expertise. Adrenal cancer can be challenging to diagnose because the features of benign adrenal tumors and cancerous adrenal tumors can be similar. Mayo Clinic pathologists have experience analyzing adrenal tumors to help doctors make an accurate diagnosis and to help determine the most appropriate treatment.
  • Experience. Adrenal cancers are rare, but Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience with these cancers. Each year, more than 200 people with adrenal cancer seek care at Mayo Clinic.
  • Advanced treatments. Highly skilled surgeons at Mayo Clinic have the experience necessary to perform complex adrenal cancer operations, including adrenalectomy
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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