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Adrenal Tumor Research

Adrenal cancer research is actively involved in finding the causes and best treatment of adrenal cancer.

a group shot of Gary Hammer and members of his lab
Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D. and members of his laboratory. Learn more about their research by visiting the lab website.

One area of interest is stem cell research. Scientists in U-M's adrenal cancer program are studying primitive cells, called stem or progenitor cells, found in the outer cortex of the adrenal gland. They believe defects in these stem cells and the genes that regulate them could be the cause of adrenal cancer. Neither adrenal nor thyroid cancer stem cells have been discovered, but the Endocrine Oncology Program is searching for them.

When it comes to a rare cancer, such as adrenal cancer, the more doctors and researchers work together, the better. Members of the Adrenal Cancer Program discuss how their work as a team is leading to advancements in adrenal cancer research.

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