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Adrenal Cancer: Symptoms

What are the symptoms of adrenal cancer?

Symptoms of adrenal cancer are usually caused by the hormones the tumor is making. Some symptoms are caused when the tumor is very large and is pressing on nearby organs. People with adrenal cancer may have any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Belly or back pain

  • Belly stretch marks

  • Muscle cramps

  • Easy bruising

  • Rapid heartbeat or heart pounding

  • Headache

  • Full feeling in the belly or feeling full after eating only a small amount

  • Sexual problems

  • Enlarged breasts or sex organs

  • Extra facial and body hair, often in women

  • Fatty areas on the shoulders and the back of the neck

  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss 

  • Weakness and low potassium levels

  • Anxiety or new panic attacks

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Bone weakening (osteoporosis)

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.

Online Medical Reviewer: Gersten, Todd, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Date Last Reviewed: 12/31/2015
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