Pituitary tumors begin in the cells of the pituitary, a pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain. The pituitary gland controls and coordinates the release of hormones responsible for many of the body’s functions, such as fertility, growth, and metabolism.
When a pituitary tumor develops, it may secrete high levels of pituitary hormones or interfere with pituitary hormone secretion, causing a variety of conditions that require treatment. Most pituitary tumors are not cancerous, but they can grow large enough to cause ongoing headaches and vision problems.
As one of the leading pituitary tumor treatment centers in the country, NYU Langone brings together a team of experts, including endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, radiation therapists, and ear, nose, and throat surgeons. Our specialists use advanced three-dimensional imaging techniques, as well as the latest surgical imaging technology, to plan minimally invasive approaches for removing pituitary tumors. This helps to ensure a more rapid recovery.
Our care team meets regularly to develop comprehensive, personalized treatment plans, ensuring the best possible outcomes. A team of integrative medicine specialists and rehabilitation physicians may also play an important role in your care.
Treatment may include medication, surgery, and radiosurgery and radiation therapy. Watchful waiting—in which doctors monitor the pituitary tumor but don’t manage it—may be an option for some people who have small pituitary tumors that aren’t causing symptoms.
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