What is Malignant Pheochromocytoma?

Q:
What is malignant pheochromocytoma?

A:
A pheochromocytoma is mostly benign. But once some cells become malignant, those cancerous cells will spread to other parts of the body, i.e. metastatic pheochromocytoma. Cancerous cells from a pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma most often migrate to the lymph system, bones, liver or lungs.

As cancer seldom occurs among cases of pheochromocytoma, the research about the best treatments is relatively limited. Treatments for malignant tumors and metastatic cancer related to a pheochromocytoma might include:

  • Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the use of powerful drugs that kill fast-growing cancer cells.
    Targeted cancer therapies. These medications inhibit the function of naturally occurring molecules that promote the growth and spread of malignant (cancerous) cells.
  • Radionuclide treatment. This radiation therapy combines MIBG, a compound that attaches to adrenal tumors, with a type of radioactive iodine. Its goal is to deliver radiation therapy to a specific site and kill cancerous cells.

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