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Question: Steroids affects on adrenal tumor

 Staropolioli - Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:51 am

I have a non malignant tumor on my adrenal gland. I was wondering if taking anabolic steroids such as synthetic testosterone could make the tumor grow. I'm aware of other possible side affects but mostly wondering about the tumor issue.

Hopefully this is in the right forum

Thank You
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:22 pm

User avatar Hello --

The effects of steroids on a benign adrenal tumor could range from nothing to pretty much either end of the scale: a reduction in tumor size or provocation to grow more. It's difficult to predict, because steroids can suppress production of adrenaline but since they duplicate the stress response in the body, they sometimes result in the release of additional cortisol, thence adrenaline. This could do nothing or possibly could stimulate the tumor to grow more. This is something that should be taken up directly with your endocrinologist, since the precise type of tumor, its size, and adrenal chemistry would all figure into a proper answer.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck to you with this.
 Staropolioli - Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:41 pm


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