The goal of surgery is to remove the entire tumor safely while also preserving the function of the pituitary gland and nearby structures, such as the optic nerves. Small, easy to reach pituitary tumor may be removed through an endoscope inserted through your nose. Larger tumors may be removed through openings in the skull about the size of a nickel. In rare cases, a pituitary tumor may require more extensive surgery.
Treats non-cancerous pituitary tumors (adenomas). High-energy rays deliver precise treatment to the pituitary tumor. Radiation may be used to shrink your tumor before surgery. Radiation may also be the only treatment used when tumors have spread into brain tissue, which may make them too risky to remove with surgery.
We may prescribe medication for acromegaly, prolactinomas and Cushing’s disease to block or lower your body’s production of growth hormones. Some patients will need lifelong medication to help control their hormone levels, even after surgery. We may also prescribe medication for patients who not candidates for surgery.