How is pheochromocytoma treated?
The most common treatment for pheochromocytoma is the surgical removal of the tumor, a procedure called an adrenalectomy. If the tumor is malignant (cancerous) and has spread outside the adrenal glands, your child's doctor may recommend chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Controlling blood pressure before the operation and managing the body’s response to the excess adrenaline is extremely important for the safety of your child during surgery. To do this in preparation for the surgery, we usually prescribe medications that are taken by mouth for several weeks prior to the surgery.
Why choose us for treatment of pheochromocytoma?
Our surgeons at Children’s Hospital Colorado are specially trained to remove tumors like these. Doctors from the Department of Pediatric Surgery, the Department of Pediatric Urology and the Surgical Oncology Program collaborate to devise the best approach to surgery.
Our team also includes oncologic geneticists who advise on managing your child’s condition over time. Pheochromocytomas are sometimes hereditary, so we may also recommend genetic screening for other family members.
Many times, our surgeons can perform surgery using minimally invasive surgery to reduce scarring and help your child heal faster. And because our surgery is designed specifically for children, we use specially designed instruments and pediatric-trained anesthesiologists for the best results.