Alternate Names : Pheochromoblastoma
What are the treatments for the disease?
Surgery is the treatment of choice to remove the pheochromocytoma. Medications
are used to help control the high blood
pressure before and during surgery. Some people cannot tolerate surgery,
or surgery cannot remove the entire tumor. In this case, blood pressure
medications and chemotherapy may
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reactions to
anesthesia. The medications used to control blood pressure may cause
allergic reactions, stomach upset,
other side effects.
What happens after treatment for the disease?
Most people have the pheochromocytoma removed during surgery and are "cured."
These people can usually return to normal activities after recovery. When a
person cannot tolerate surgery, or when the tumor cannot be completely removed, death may occur.
How is the disease monitored?
If the pheochromocytoma is successfully removed, urine tests and blood pressure measurements are done for a few years. These tests can help detect a recurrence of the tumor, which allows earlier treatment. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.
A person who needs chemotherapy will require close monitoring with blood and x-ray tests. These help to check if the treatment is working and monitor for side effects.