Adrenal Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for adrenal cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

Winship Cancer Institute experts provide state-of-the-art care for patients with adrenal cancer.

It is considered a rare tumor that affects only one or two people per million. Although potentially curable at early stages, only 30-percent of these malignancies are confined to the adrenal gland at the time of diagnosis. As a patient with adrenal cancer, your best long-term outcome will be achieved with a comprehensive, coordinated approach that incorporates all available therapies.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments. Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in adrenal cancer.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Adrenal tumors tend to be found years after they begin growing and they often spread or metastasize to distant organs.

The tumors can cause numerous changes in the body because of the excess hormones they produce. Correctly diagnosing and staging the extent of your disease is essential to your treatment.

Your Winship care team may use a variety of imaging techniques and other tests including: CT, MRI and PET scans. A blood chemistry study measures the amount of certain substances that could signal a problem with the adrenal gland. Adrenal venography uses dye to look at the veins and blood flow near that adrenal gland. A 24 urine test and Dexamethasone test may be used to detect the level of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal gland.

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Your care team will discuss an individualized treatment plan with you and it is important to take time and consider all possible choices.

It is also important to know that your chances for having the best possible outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that is experienced in treating adrenal cancer.
One or more of the following types of treatment will be used.

Surgery: Physicians may remove the adrenal gland (adrenaloctomy) and nearby lymph nodes (lymphadenectomy). Chemotherapy and radiation may be used before or after surgery.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery to treat cancer.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with adrenal cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available for a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Urologist
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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Dr. Alemozaffar specializes in the treatment of cancers involving the bladder, kidney, adrenal gland, prostate, testes and penis.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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                                 Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Stephen Brandt MD

  • Endocronologist
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Stephen Brandt MD

Stephen Brandt MD

  • A board certified endocronologist, Dr. Brandt specializes in adrenal disorders, diabetes mellitis, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders and thyroid disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Russell Brown LMSW

  • Social Worker
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Russell Brown LMSW

Russell Brown LMSW

  • Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-5191

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

  • Nuclear Radiologist
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Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

  • Located at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Halkar's clinical expertise is in neuroendocrine tumor management and the treatment of thyroid cancer.
  • Professor, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Sol Jacobs MD

  • Endocrinologist
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Sol Jacobs MD

Sol Jacobs MD

David A. Kooby MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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David A. Kooby MD, FACS

David A. Kooby MD, FACS

  • Dr. Kooby is involved in multicenter clinical research and is an international leader in minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery.
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3805

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Shishir K. Maithel  MD, FACS
Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS

Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS

  • Dr. Maithel is a board certified surgeon and surgical oncologist with special interest in sarcoma and malignancies of the liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, colon, and small intestine.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0210

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Kim Palmer

  • Chaplain
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Kim Palmer

Kim Palmer

  • Ms. Palmer provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Chaplain, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-7200

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

  • Urologist
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John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

  • Social Worker
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Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

Joseph Pfeffer LMSW

  • Mr. Pfeffer works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Charles A. Staley MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Charles A. Staley MD

Charles A. Staley MD

  • Dr. Staley leads the surgical oncology team and as Chief Quality Officer works collaboratively with leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes at Winship.
  • Chief Quality Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0210

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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Emily Walters RD, LD

Emily Walters RD, LD

  • Ms. Walters offers personalized nutrition advice to cancer patients treated at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.
  • Registered Dietitian, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7115

Collin J. Weber MD

  • Surgeon
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Collin J. Weber MD

Collin J. Weber MD