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Pituitary Tumor Treatment

To ensure the best chances for successful treatment, you should be cared for by experts who specialize in pituitary tumors and see a high volume of patients. MD Anderson's experienced physicians customize your care to deliver the most advanced treatments with the least impact on your body.

Like all surgeries, pituitary surgery is most successful when performed by a surgeon with a great deal of experience in the particular procedure. The neurosurgeon's expertise is especially valuable if your treatment includes surgery, since the pituitary gland and nearby structures can be damaged during the procedure.

MD Anderson surgeons are among the most skilled and recognized in the world. They perform a large number of surgeries for pituitary tumors each year.

In addition to neurosurgeons, your specialized medical team may include endocrinologists, neuroradiologists, pathologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and radiation oncologists. The team meets regularly to discuss your care, and they communicate closely with you to keep you updated on progress.

Our Pituitary Tumor Treatments

If you are diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including where the tumor is, how big it is and the specific hormones it affects.

Your treatment will be personalized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the tumor or help relieve symptoms.

Surgery

The pituitary tumor may be surgically removed. Like all surgeries, pituitary surgery is most successful when performed by a specialist with a great deal of experience in the particular procedure. MD Anderson surgeons are among the most skilled and recognized in the world. They perform a large number of surgeries for pituitary tumors each year.

Medicine

You may be given one or more medicines to help reduce hormone levels or shrink the pituitary tumor. Hormone replacement may be given if hormone levels are low.

Radiation Therapy

MD Anderson provides the most advanced radiation treatments to treat pituitary tumors. New radiation therapy techniques and remarkable skill allowMD Anderson doctors to target pituitary tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Pituitary tumors are treated in our Endocrine Center.

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be found anywhere else.

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about pituitary tumors in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

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