Mercy Surgical Oncologist Dr. Kurtis Campbell Discusses Treating Adrenal Cancer

September 28, 2015


In September 2015, Towson University celebrated the life of the school's late president, Maravene Loeschke by holding a huge memorial service at SECU Arena.

Loeschke passed away in June from complications related to adrenal cancer, a disease that is rare and difficult to diagnose.

According to Dr. Kurtis Campbell, a surgical oncologist at Mercy’s Institute for Cancer Care, the adrenal gland has two parts, and the outer part is where most tumors develop.

The function of that part of the adrenal gland is to make certain hormones for the body such as those that handle stress or regulate blood pressure.

Adrenal tumors are more predominant in women.

"In the laboratory those cells seem to respond to estrogen so the thought is that the increased estrogen in a woman causes the malignant tumors to be more prominent but no one knows for certain," Dr. Campbell said.

Not every patient shows signs or symptoms that indicate they have adrenal cancer, but those that do may experience weight gain, a swollen face or high blood pressure.

To view Mercy’s Dr. Kurtis Campbell’s interview regarding adrenal cancer, click here.

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Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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