- How is adrenal cancer treated?
- Surgery for adrenal cancer
- Radiation therapy for adrenal cancer
- Chemotherapy for adrenal cancer
- Other drugs used to treat adrenal cancer
- Clinical trials in adrenal cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapy for adrenal cancer
- Treating adrenal cancer by stage
- More treatment information about adrenal cancer
Other drugs used to treat adrenal cancer
Other medicines besides mitotane may be used to block hormone production by the cancer or lower the effects of the hormones. Treatment with some of these drugs may need to be supervised by an endocrinologist (hormone doctor) because they affect several hormone systems and may also make the replacement of other hormones necessary.
Ketoconazole, aminoglutethimide, and metyrapone can reduce adrenal steroid hormone production. This can help relieve symptoms caused by these hormones, but doesn't shrink the cancer.
Some drugs block the effects of the hormones made by the tumor. These include:
- Spironolactone (Aldactone®), which decreases effects of aldosterone
- Mifepristone (Korlym™), which decreases cortisol effects
- Tamoxifen, toremifene (Fareston®), and fulvestrant (Faslodex®) are drugs that can block the effects of estrogen. These drugs are more often used to treat a certain type of breast cancer, but can be useful in some patients (often men) who have adrenal tumors that make estrogen.
Last Medical Review: 11/07/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013