Adrenal cortical cancer

Adrenal cortical cancer (ACC) is very rare. It is also known as adrenocortical carcinoma.

ACC starts in the outer layer of the adrenal glands, which are next to the kidneys. The adrenal glands are small glands that make hormones Open a glossary item that control important body functions.

Cancer that starts in the inner layer of the adrenal glands is called phaeochromocytoma. 

What is adrenal cortical cancer?

Adrenal cortical cancer is rare. Symptoms of ACC depend on whether the cancer makes hormones (is functioning) or not (is non functioning).

Getting diagnosed and stages of adrenal cortical cancer

Tests to diagnose adrenal cortical cancer include blood tests and scans such as CT scans. The tests you have help your doctor know about the stage of your cancer. 

Treatment for adrenal cortical cancer

Read about the different treatments that you might have and about research in this area. 

Last reviewed: 
25 Oct 2022
Next review due: 
25 Oct 2025