What is a pheochromocytoma?
A pheochromocytoma is an uncommon and usually benign tumor that develops on your adrenal gland. The adrenal glands are above each kidney, and produce multiple hormones. This tumor, or abnormal growth of cells, can produce excess hormones that may lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, heart palpitations, and other symptoms.
Can a pheochromocytoma become cancerous?
Most pheochromocytomas are benign, meaning they are not cancerous and cannot spread to other parts of the body. However, 10-15% of pheochromocytomas will become cancerous.