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Did pheo or para bring you here?

Either way, both diseases have a lot in commonPheo and para behave similarly. They both begin in the same type of tissue, share many symptoms, and release hormones.

Here are the facts

Pheo and para:
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    Have tumors with the potential to be cancerous

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    Are often inherited, so genetic testing is crucial

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    Have an array of treatment paths

What is the difference between pheo and para?

Locating pheo

Pheo Diagram

of cases
form in the

just above the kidneys

Identifying para

Para Diagram

of cases form in the head, neck, chest, and stomach, outside the adrenal glands in the

How rare are these conditions?

Pheo and para by the numbers

Pheo is more common than para, but they are both few and far between. In the US:


people are diagnosed with pheo or para each year


of these types of cancer tumor cases may be inherited


of tumors are likely to be diagnosed in children annually


of cases are discovered while looking for an unrelated disorder


is the 5-year survival rate for recurrent/spread tumors


of malignant pheo cases grow outside the adrenal area

Pheo and para affect men and women of all ages—from children to the elderly

On average, it takes 3 years from the time symptoms start before an accurate diagnosis is achieved.

While you can be diagnosed at any age, the most common age of diagnosis is


Living with pheo and para

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Understanding Pheo and Para

An overview of pheo and para by endocrinologist, Dr. Dillon, followed by personal commentary by pheo patient, Dave Bassham.