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Prognosis

The outlook for people with adrenocortical cancer depends on several factors. These include

  • the stage of the disease

  • whether the tumor can be removed completely with surgery

  • how quickly the cancer is growing

  • whether the cancer has been treated in the past

  • the patient's general health.

Patients with early stage cancer have a good outlook for survival. Many can be cured with surgery. But very few people are diagnosed with stage I adrenocortical carcinoma. Individuals with more advanced disease have a less favorable prognosis.

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