Adrenal cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of adrenal cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is adrenal cancer?

Adrenal glands are small glands that sit on top of our kidneys. They produce hormones that help regulate essential bodily functions such as metabolism, the immune system and blood pressure. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands interact with almost every part of the body. Adrenal cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the adrenal glands.


What are the symptoms of adrenal cancer?

If you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 


  • Sudden attacks of panic and anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Pallor or flushing
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability and mood changes
  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes

This information should not be used to replace medical advice.


Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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