Adrenocortical Carcinoma

Common Name(s)

Adrenocortical Carcinoma

Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare cancer, which comes from the adrenal gland. There are two adrenal glands in the human body, one on the top of each kidney in the abdomen. They are shaped like triangles, and each is about a ½ inch high and 3 inches long.

There are two main types of adrenocortical cancer:

Functioning is the most common type and accounts for about 70 percent of adrenal cancers. These tumors are "functioning" because they make hormones, which may have various effects on the body such as facial hair growth, increased blood pressure, or weight gain.

Non-functioning tumors do not produce hormones.

Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare cancer, affecting only about 300 to 500 people each year in the United States.

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Following organizations serve the condition "Adrenocortical Carcinoma" for support, advocacy or research.

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National Adrenal Diseases Foundation (NADF)

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life.

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2014

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NET Patient Foundation

The Charity’s objects (“the Objects”) are: 1. to advance the education of the general public (including relevant medical and scientific communities) in all areas relating to NETs. 2. to promote the physical and mental health of those affected by NETs through the provision of support, advice and education to patients, their carers and family members.

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "Adrenocortical Carcinoma" for support, advocacy or research.

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National Adrenal Diseases Foundation (NADF)

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life.

http://www.nadf.us

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2014

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NET Patient Foundation

The Charity’s objects (“the Objects”) are: 1. to advance the education of the general public (including relevant medical and scientific communities) in all areas relating to NETs. 2. to promote the physical and mental health of those affected by NETs through the provision of support, advice and education to patients, their carers and family members.

http://www.netpatientfoundation.org

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Adrenocortical Carcinoma" returned 168 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma with a prolonged response to mitotane.
 

Author(s): Sumanta K Pal, Benjamin Gartrell, Carl A Olsson, C A Stein

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2014 Jul;28(7):624-5, 642.

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014

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Suspected metastatic adrenocortical carcinoma revealing as pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma in adrenal Cushing's syndrome.
 

Author(s): Margarita Bala, Cristina L Ronchi, Josef Pichl, Vanessa Wild, Stefan Kircher, Bruno Allolio, Stefanie Hahner

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Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a malignant disease most commonly diagnosed in the setting of a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and in patients receiving immunosuppressive treatment. Pulmonary KS has never been reported in association with endogenous Cushing's syndrome (CS).

Last Updated: 12 Aug 2014

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Transcutaneous biopsy of adrenocortical carcinoma is rarely helpful in diagnosis, potentially harmful, but does not affect patient outcome.
 

Author(s): Andrew R Williams, Gary D Hammer, Tobias Else

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2014 Jun;170(6):829-35.

 

Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is a rare malignancy with high recurrence and mortality rates. The utility, sensitivity, and effect on patient outcome of transcutaneous adrenal biopsy (TAB) for single, large, adrenal masses are unclear.

Last Updated: 19 May 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Adrenocortical Carcinoma" returned 19 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

EJE prize 2014: current and evolving treatment options in adrenocortical carcinoma: where do we stand and where do we want to go?
 

Author(s): Cristina L Ronchi, Matthias Kroiss, Silviu Sbiera, Timo Deutschbein, Martin Fassnacht

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2014 Jul;171(1):R1-R11.

 

Adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) is not only a rare and heterogeneous disease but also one of the most aggressive endocrine tumors. Despite significant advances in the last decade, its pathogenesis is still only incompletely understood and overall therapeutic means are unsatisfactory. ...

Last Updated: 10 Jun 2014

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An unusual presentation of congenital adrenocortical carcinoma: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Manphool Singhal, Mandeep Kang, Alka Khadwal, Rajan Duggal, Arvind Rajwanshi, Niranjan Khandelwal

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We describe a case of congenital non-functional adrenocortical carcinoma in a male infant who presented with recurrent pneumonia, paraparesis and sclerotic skeletal metastasis. To the best of our knowledge such presentation has never been reported.

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2012

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Adrenocortical stem and progenitor cells: implications for adrenocortical carcinoma.
 

Author(s): Derek P Simon, Gary D Hammer

Journal: Mol. Cell. Endocrinol.. 2012 Mar;351(1):2-11.

 

The continuous centripetal repopulation of the adrenal cortex is consistent with a population of cells endowed with the stem/progenitor cell properties of self-renewal and pluripotency. The adrenocortical capsule and underlying undifferentiated cortical cells are emerging as critical ...

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Phase 1 Study of ATR-101 in Subjects With Advanced Adrenocortical Carcinoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adrenocortical Carcinoma; Adrenal Cancer; ACC

 

Last Updated: 9 Dec 2014

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Surgery and Heated Chemotherapy for Adrenocortical Carcinoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adrenocortical Carcinoma; Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

 

Last Updated: 14 Mar 2014

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German Adrenocortical Carcinoma Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adrenocortical Carcinoma

 

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2010

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