Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center diagnoses and treats tumors of the pituitary gland with expertise, compassion and a team approach to care. Our physicians use the most sophisticated treatments, such as robotic surgery and the newest radiation therapy technologies.
Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.
Pituitary tumors fall under the category of endocrine and neuroendocrine cancer. They are abnormal cell growths in the tissues of the pituitary gland, a small gland found inside the skull right below the brain and above the nasal passages. The pituitary gland produces the hormones that control the levels of other hormones made by the body’s endocrine glands.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 10,000 pituitary tumors are diagnosed each year in the United States. Almost all of these tumors are benign (non-cancerous) pituitary adenomas. Cancer of the pituitary gland, or pituitary carcinoma, is very rare. Benign tumors don’t spread to other parts of the body, but they can be a significant health issue because they are located so close to the brain. In addition, they may cause hormonal imbalances in the body.
Pituitary adenomas don’t always cause symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they vary depending on the type of tumor. Learn more about pituitary tumor symptoms, diagnostic testing and stages below.
When you’ve been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, you want a team of expert specialists on your side. Our multidisciplinary teams at Scripps MD Anderson use the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive surgery and targeted therapy.
Scripps MD Anderson diagnoses and treats pituitary tumors at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:
- Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
- Outpatient clinics
- Specialty cancer treatment centers
For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.
As leaders in pituitary tumor care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps MD Anderson offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your journey.