Active Surveillance for Adrenal Gland Tumors

Nonfunctioning tumors that are small and not suspicious for cancer often require no treatment and observation only.

Terry C. Lairmore, MD, Endocrine Surgeon and Chief of Surgical Oncology

In some cases, your Integrated Care Team may recommend the active surveillance of your adrenal gland tumor.

Active surveillance means careful watching and waiting. Your physician will monitor the course of your tumor, intervening with treatment if the status of your tumor changes.

Active surveillance may be recommended if you have:

  • A nonfunctioning noncancerous (benign) adrenal gland tumor
  • Health limitations that prohibit other treatments

Active surveillance is generally not considered a good option if you have a:

  • Functioning noncancerous (benign) adrenal gland tumor
  • Cancerous (malignant) adrenal gland tumor

Active surveillance often includes the following tests:

  • Periodic ultrasound, CT or MRI scans
  • Follow-up office visits to discuss imaging results

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