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What are the treatment options for Cushing's syndrome?

Treating Cushing's syndrome relies on treating the cause of the illness. If it is caused by a tumor, then the tumor must first be treated by means of surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiotherapy. In addition, metyrapone and ketoconazole can be taken to help regulate the cortisol levels. If the condition is caused by corticosteroids being taken to treat another condition, then a different approach is taken. The dosage of the corticosteroids is lowered until the symptoms of Cushing's syndrome are relieved.

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