Treatment for Pheochromocytoma-Paraganglioma
Pheochromocytomas are usually benign (noncancerous), but they require specialized care. These tumors release hormones that can cause life-threatening symptoms that include hypertension (high blood pressure), heart palpitations (rapid heartbeat), and headache. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stanford offers the expertise to diagnose and treat every aspect of these complex syndromes, including cancer that has spread.
Surgery is the primary treatment for benign and cancerous pheochromocytomas. This surgery is highly specialized, and after surgery, people need ongoing treatment.
Your doctor will monitor you carefully for ongoing effects from the tumor or pheochromocytoma cells elsewhere in your body. If the pheochromocytoma has a genetic link, our endocrine geneticists can also follow your family members to watch for signs of disease.
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What is Pheochromocytoma-Paraganglioma?