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At Loyola, the treatment of pituitary tumors is a collaborative effort among neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, radiation oncologists, oncologists and endocrinologists. A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in and around the pituitary gland. Though these tumors are most commonly benign, or noncancerous, they can lead to blindness, growth disturbances and changes in your hormones.
Once you are diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, your treatment may involve medication, surgery, radiation therapy or a combination of these. Our experts will work together to prepare a treatment plan for your care.
Your doctor may prescribe medications that block hormone secretion to control your symptoms and sometimes shrink the tumor.
Surgery to remove the tumor is another treatment option. Loyola neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists employ leading-edge endoscopy to remove pituitary tumors. Called endoscopic cranial base surgery or endonasal endoscopy, the procedure uses an endoscope inserted through the nasal passage into the brain.
Radiation therapy involves the use of radiation to kill tumor cells. In general, it is used if your entire tumor could not be removed during surgery. The types of radiation therapy used to treat pituitary tumors include high-precision radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.