Malignant pheochromocytomas are rare tumors, which are considered radioresistant on the basis of little information. We report a patient, with cranial nerve deficits from a pheochromocytoma metastatic to the parasellar region, who promptly responded to radiation therapy (2,500 cGy) with reversal of neurologic deficit. The disease recurred 2 years later and again promptly responded upon treatment to 2,000 cGy. Hepatic metastases were controlled for over 1 year with 3,240 cGy. The radiotherapy of pheochromocytoma and chemodectoma is reviewed, and the similarities between the two kinds of tumor are discussed. We speculate that a higher initial radiation dose might have resulted in a more sustained remission in our patient and recommend doses of 4,000-5,000 cGy if they can be safely administered, in 4-5 weeks for pheochromocytomas.