Pituitary gland tumors aren't cancer. But they do require timely, effective treatment.
At UVA Health, we see patients with pituitary tumors from all over the world. For more than 20 years, we've led the field in developing new treatments for pituitary tumors.
We also work to make your experience as convenient as possible. You get to see your whole team of neuroendocrinologists and neurosurgeons in the same visit at the same time.
What is a Pituitary Tumor?
The pituitary gland makes hormones that affect the way many parts of the body work. It also controls hormones made by other glands in the body. When it comes to pituitary gland tumors, over 99% are benign and curable.
If untreated, pituitary tumors can lead to:
- Severe headaches
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol
- Joint and bone issues
- Memory loss
- Reduced longevity
But with prompt and proper pituitary tumor treatment, you can expect to live a normal, productive life.
Pituitary Tumor Treatment Options
Treatment depends on the size, location, and type of your tumor.
If we need to remove the tumor, we can often do this through your nose. We don't have to perform open surgery. Sometimes we also need to use radiation to shrink the tumor.
These tumors can impact your hormone levels. Sometimes these tumors make their own hormone. This can affect your mood, growth, and dozens of other bodily functions. Hormone therapy can work alone or after surgery.
Another option you might have: Gamma Knife.
The Pituitary Tumor Treatment Team at UVA Health
Our pituitary tumor surgeons and endocrinologists are some of the most experienced pioneers in their field:
- Handling hundreds of cases
- Pioneering new procedures and medications
The pituitary tumor team includes:
- Interventional neuroradiologists
Visit the Pituitary Clinic
You can see the pituitary tumor treatment team at the dedicated Pituitary Clinic. Free, easy parking at Fontaine Research Park. See maps, directions, hours, and make an appointment today.