Endocrine tumours

Tumours can occur in the endocrine system. Most endocrine tumours are non-cancerous (benign), but some are cancerous (malignant).

The endocrine system is made up of endocrine glands. Endocrine glands produce hormones - chemicals that control many of our body's functions. Normally, the hormones released by endocrine glands are carefully balanced to meet the body's needs.

The endocrine glands include the pituitary gland (which lies immediately underneath the brain), the thyroid gland (in the front of the neck), the parathyroid glands (just behind the thyroid gland), and the adrenal glands (on top of the kidneys in the abdomen).

Endocrine tumours are classified according to:

  • the particular endocrine glands that are involved
  • the type of cell from which the cancer developed
  • the part of the body that is affected

Symptoms will vary depending on the site of the tumour, if you have any concerns please contact us or your consultant/doctor.

*Information provided by Macmillan cancer support

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