Pituitary Tumor

Pituitary tumor treatment in San Diego

Scripps health offers treatment options for pituitary tumor.

Pituitary tumor treatment in San Diego

Pituitary gland tumors are the growth of abnormal cells in the tissues of the pituitary gland, a small gland found inside the skull right below the brain and above the nasal passages.


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Detection and diagnosis of pituitary tumors

Detection tests and exams available for the detection and diagnosis of pituitary tumors may include:


  • Eye exam.
  • Neurological exam.
  • Blood chemistry study.
  • Blood tests.
  • Venous sampling, a procedure in which a blood sample from a vein close to the pituitary gland is checked for high levels of specific substances released by nearby organs and tissues that could signal the presence of cancer.
  • Biopsy.

Treatment for pituitary tumors

Treatment options for pituitary tumors may include:

Surgery

  • Transsphenoidal surgery, in which surgeons remove the pituitary gland through an incision in the upper lip or lower portion of nose between the nostrils.
  • Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery, in which surgeons use an endoscope for viewing while performing a transsphenoidal procedure.
  • Craniotomy, in which surgeons remove the pituitary gland through an opening in the skull.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can be used as palliative treatment for cancerous pituitary tumors that have spread to other parts of the body.

Radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy can be used as palliative treatment for cancerous pituitary glands that have spread to other parts of the body.

Drug therapy

Drug therapy can be prescribed to stop a pituitary tumor from producing an abnormal amount of hormones.

Support services

To enhance the care of people dealing with pituitary gland tumors, Scripps Health also offers patient support services.