What is the pituitary gland?
The pituitary gland produces and secretes a hormone used to regulate metabolism and growth. It is the main gland of your endocrine system, and is only the size of a pea. The pituitary gland is located at the base of your brain.
What is pituitary cancer?
Although benign tumors of the pituitary gland are common, malignant cancers that develop in the pituitary gland are rare. The cause of this type of cancer is unknown, but is most commonly diagnosis in people older than 65 years of age.
Signs and symptoms of pituitary cancer
Signs and symptoms of pituitary cancer will vary depending on the size of the tumor and the potential to push on surrounding tissues of the brain. Symptoms could include:
Traditional treatment options for pituitary cancer
Treatment options for cancer of the pituitary gland could include surgical removal of the cancer. This removal can be achieved through a cut in the nasal passage, or through a cut in the front of the skull commonly referred to as a craniotomy. Treatment options could also include the use of toxic medicines. Your doctor may suggest:
Radiation therapy may be considered an option for some pituitary cancer patients. Radiation therapy is used in an attempt to destroy cancerous cells and cause a reduction in tumor size. It is most often used for pituitary cancer that has metastasized. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often performed simultaneously.
Death and mortality statistics for pituitary cancer
Hope4Cancer Institute treatment program for pituitary cancer
Pituitary Cancer is a very stressful diagnosis and your healthcare team understands this. At Hope4Cancer Institute we will make every effort to keep you up to date and comfortable with your diagnosis, options, and treatment. We work with you to ensure that every aspect of your pituitary cancer treatment program is successful. The recommendations your healthcare team make to you will be for the most effective alternative treatments.
Individual treatment plans will vary. Hope4Cancer Institute optimizes your pituitary cancer treatment program by integrating our therapies which could include:
Our therapies can help to reduce cancer related side effects and improve your overall quality of life.
Our innovative approach to cancer treatment focuses not only on the disease, but on the patient's mind, body, and spirit.
If you are looking for a pituitary cancer treatment program that treats more than just your cancer, Hope4Cancer Institute is the place for you. Call us today at 888-544-5993. Our patient liaison is waiting to tell you more about our innovative approach to pituitary cancer treatment.