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what do the adrenal glands do?

A: the adrenal glands are tiny organs that rest on top of each kidney. Despite their small size, the adrenal glands play an important role in the body, producing numerous hormones that impact our development and growth, affect our ability to deal with and help to regulate kidney function. they release serotonin and adrenaline for the ''fight or flight'' reaction....


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what does the adrenal gland do?

A: the outer yellowish layer (cortex) of the adrenal gland secretes about 30 steroid hormones, the most important of which are aldosterone and cortisol ....


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what does the adrenal gland do?

A: Each person has two adrenal glands, one above each kidney. Each adrenal is small weighing about 15grams. the adrenal produces four major types of hormones; 1. Glucocorticoids.- the major one is known as cortisol. Cortisol is important to maintain life and to protect against stress. One of its major functions is to raise blood glucose level by both increasing production and reducing usage. Too much cortisol can be detrimental by causing muscle wastage and depressing immunity to infection. 2. Mineralocorticoids.- the major hormone is known as aldosterone. Aldosterone...


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In September of 1995 my mom found a lump in the right breast. It turned out to be cancer. She then had a mastectomy and it was found in three lymph nodes out of 17. In April of 1996 she was just un-easy about the possibility of it showing up in the left breast, so she had it removed. (It had pre-cancerous cells).She was on Adjuvent chemotherapy from September of 1995 for 4 months and after that went on Tomoxifen pill for four years. Her scan then showed it was in the left clavicle and she had it removed in May 1999. they took her off of Tomoxifen because obviously it wasn?t working. She then went on Taxol chemotherapy for six months. She then went on another oral chemo something that ended with vista for year and a half. then the cancer returned in the T-8 Thoracic spine in February 2001. She had 10 radiationtreatments and five chemo treatments (Not sure what was the name). then she was puton Femara chemo pill. It then showed up in the left adrenal gland July of 2002 and they took her off Femara and put her on two treatments of Taxol. After Taxol they did a CT scan and the tumor had not changed. they they started 4 treatments of doxil followed by aromasin pill. they were going to remove the adrenal gland because one scan showed no chance - no growth and no shrinking (they did a biopsy and it was part of the original breast cancer) (which all have been) when they did another scan (pet) to make sure it wasn?t in any other part of the body before they did the surgery, it showed it on the right adrenal gland. they are now not recommending surgery but another form of very aggressive chemo. they have not said which one yet. Would it benefit her to get a second opinion from John?s Hopkins or does it sound good what they have done so far? what would you recommend at this point. She is 64 years old and otherwise is very good health otherwise. She is a big fighter and willing to do whatever it takes to live!

A: ... and though she is very ill she is blessed to have you for her daughter. that is clear. Usually when there is evidence of metastatic disease like what you''ve described, the doctors will steer away from surgery and treat instead with chemo. Hopefully she will respond to this next treatment too. Keep hanging in there with her....


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My wife has been MBC in the bone for the past 1.5 years. She is currently taking Arimidex which, going by the lastest ca15.3 result is failing her as it has risen from what was a steady 69 to a count of 650. She started taking Arimidex in January 2005 and her tumour marker remained reasonably stable until November 2005. In August 2005 she began menstruating and was admitted into hospital for a D&C and was given progesterone 5milx 3times a day. Her Cancer is Her2- estrogen+ and progesterone+. We understand that the cancer is driven by Estrogen and that the Arimidex was prescribed as an aromatase blocker starving the cancer. We have discussed further treatment for the disease with our Oncologist and we undertsand the options are to try more hormonal therapy drugs.(we believe exemestane will be prescibed). Regarding the hormonal treatment route we understand that such drugs will supposedly block the peripheral production of estrogen, we have also heard that another way to reduce the bodies production of estrogen is to remove the adrenal glands. Is it absured to suggest that to further lower estrogen other such producing factories such as the endocrine system and the pituitary glands be removed or would their removal cause too many associated functional problems and complication. We have heard from an eminent oncologist (now retired) that he has in the past removed the adrenal glands with long term success for the mortality rate. Thanks for your time and attention.

A: i personally have never seen adrenal glands removed for this purpose. adrenal glands have important functions and such a surgery may do more harm than good....
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what Is an adrenal Gland Disorder?

A: the adrenal glands are important parts of the body that produce crucial hormones that control processes in the body. these hormones are responsible for controlling blood sugar levels, sexual maturation during childhood and puberty, controlling the balance of salt and water in the body, controlling the body''s response to stress, and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. When the adrenal glands do not work properly, an adrenal gland disorder results....
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My Mom 71 yrs old, was in good health, recently has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer 5/06 to the adrenal gland, bones, liver, lymph node and lungs. Recently had a biopsy 5/06 which confirmed she had cancer to the lymph node. She was diagnosed with BC in 9/2003, had lumpectamy 11/2003. She now has pnemonia. Oncologist is giving her Arimidex for the time being. Trying to get a 2nd outside opinion for Metastatic Cancer but having issue''s. PET scan of 4/06 states Suspicious of - Metastatic Cancer, and Oncologist states Diagnosed as - Metastatic Cancer; we are confused, and prior CT scans in 6/04 stated Suspicious of, yet PET of 7/04 ruled out any Metastatic Cancer that she had cysts to the adrenal Gland, Liver and Lungs, and Arthritis to the Back. Oncologist is stating she offered MOM Chemotherapy after first lumpectamy and MOM declined - this is not the case - Oncologist only offered Flamara and Radiation, and stated that my MOM did not need Chemotherapy - I know, I was there, and not shocked that the Dr. is covering her tracks. Need help for 2nd opinion through Aetna Primecare -California to City of Hope - any suggestions as to what we can do, what she needs to do. Mom is going full organic and she is reading alot of how to survive naturally. HELP...

A: not sure how to help regarding second opinion. See if you have a local chapter of the komen foundation or american cancer society to be a patient advocate for your mom and help with this. Her situation sounds very serious... you can''t do anything about the past at this moment... no way to rewind the videotape of her life. just press forward and see what treatments can be offered to buy her some quality of life time....
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Shock the adrenal gland

A: Please do not let your wife do this or see this doctor again! How long has she been on steriods? Was she diagnosed with addisons? A person has to be slowly tapered from steriods. By 2.5mg at a time maybe every 2 to 4 weeks. I tried for a year to get mine to start working again, but it didn''t work for me. It does work for some. This is shocking....Wanda She does have Addisons and has been on strtoids for about 4 years. She went in for a level and her level was good for once and the doctor thought that maybe he could get the gland working again. She takes 20mg a day so this is a...


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My wife has been MBC in the bone for the past 1.5 years. She is currently taking Arimidex which, going by the lastest ca15.3 result is failing her as it has risen from what was a steady 69 to a count of 650. She started taking Arimidex in January 2005 and her tumour marker remained reasonably stable until November 2005. In August 2005 she began menstruating and was admitted into hospital for a D&C and was given progesterone 5milx 3times a day. Her Cancer is Her2- estrogen+ and progesterone+. We understand that the cancer is driven by Estrogen and that the Arimidex was prescribed as an aromatase blocker starving the cancer. We have discussed further treatment for the disease with our Oncologist and we undertsand the options are to try more hormonal therapy drugs.(we believe exemestane will be prescibed). Regarding the hormonal treatment route we understand that such drugs will supposedly block the peripheral production of estrogen, we have also heard that another way to reduce the bodies production of estrogen is to remove the adrenal glands. Is it absured to suggest that to further lower estrogen other such producing factories such as the endocrine system and the pituitary glands be removed or would their removal cause too many associated functional problems and complication. We have heard from an eminent oncologist (now retired) that he has in the past removed the adrenal glands with long term success for the mortality rate. Thanks for your time and attention

A: i personally have never seen adrenal glands removed for this purpose. adrenal glands have important functions and such a surgery may do more harm than good....


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what effect do Lupron injections have on the adrenal gland?

A: do some research about lupron, there is alot of information on the internet. Google lupronvictimshub where there is lots of infomation.You can join and people will answer your questions,.....


 
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