Can lung cancer spread to adrenal gland?

The adrenal gland is a common site for metastasis from lung cancer. Adrenal metastases are usually solitary, asymptomatic and diagnosed incidentally during staging of patients with lung cancer. Bilateral adrenal metastases at the time of diagnosis are seen in 3% of lung cancer patients.

Is adrenal metastasis curable?

Having a cancer that has spread to the adrenal gland(s), means that the cancer is of advanced, Stage 4. However, if there is no other evidence of spread, the only potential cure is complete surgical removal of the adrenal metastasis.

Does resection of adrenal metastases from non-small cell lung cancer improve survival?

No difference in locoregional stage, size of adrenal metastases, patient age, or performance status was present between the two groups. Conclusions: Long-term disease-free survival is possible after resection of isolated adrenal metastases from NSCLC.

What type of lung cancer spreads to adrenal glands?

Other common cancers that spread to this region include kidney cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, and lymphoma. Up to 40% of people with lung cancer will develop adrenal metastases at some time, and in 10% of people with non-small cell lung cancer, the disease spreads to both adrenal glands.

What cancers metastasize to the adrenals?

Certain cancers can spread (metastasize) from other parts of the body to the adrenal gland, including kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), melanoma (a type of skin cancer), lung cancer, colon cancer, and lymphoma.

Why does lung cancer metastasis to the adrenal glands?

When cancer cells spread through the lymphatic system, they are stopped along the route by lymph nodes that filter lymph fluid. Because of this, cancer is more likely to reach the adrenal gland in a direct path, typically on the same side of the body.

Why does lung cancer spread to adrenals?