Adrenocortical carcinoma

What is an adrenocortical carcinoma?

Both benign and malignant tumours can occur in the adrenal glands. An adrenocortical carcinoma is a malignant tumour in the adrenal glands. Malignant means that the tumour grows into nearby healthy tissue and disrupts the function of that healthy tissue. In addition, cells from a malignant tumour can move to other parts of the body and continue growing there: they are then said to have metastasized.