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A pheochromocytoma is a type of tumor that most often occurs within special cells of the adrenal gland. It often causes symptoms such as:
This type of tumor usually affects only one adrenal gland. It may also start in other parts of the body, such as the area around the heart or bladder.
There is no "one size fits all" treatment for this condition. The option(s) your healthcare provider recommends will depend on the stage of your tumor, your age, and your general health. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are some of the options that are frequently used to treat this condition.
(To learn more about what a pheochromocytoma is, as well as the factors that affect a person's prognosis, click Pheochromocytoma.)
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