A pituitary adenoma is a benign (noncancerous) tumor that develops in the pituitary gland, a small gland that sits at the base of the brain behind the eyes. Also called the “master gland,” the pituitary gland plays a key role in regulating hormones, which are substances that help keep the body in balance by controlling organ function.
Pituitary adenomas, which are significantly more common than malignant (cancerous) tumors, can be classified as nonfunctioning or functioning. A nonfunctioning adenoma does not produce hormones and may trigger noticeable symptoms when the tumor affects normal gland function or presses against surrounding nerves. Functioning adenomas produce hormones that can disrupt a variety of delicate balances within the body and spur an array of symptoms, ranging from high blood pressure and increased sweating to infertility and rapid weight gain.
When it comes to pituitary adenoma treatment, the opinions of multiple experts are better than one. That’s why Moffitt Cancer Center’s Endocrine Program is led by neurosurgeons, endocrinologists and other specialists who collaborate to evaluate and treat patients with all types of pituitary adenomas using the latest advancements in medicine.
Each patient at Moffitt receives an individualized treatment plan that is designed to address his or her specific type of tumor and symptoms. And, just as the symptoms of pituitary adenomas can vary considerably, so can this condition’s treatment options. Based on the patient’s unique circumstances, a treatment plan may include:
- Radiation therapy
Some patients may also benefit from hormone replacement therapy if the pituitary gland function is affected by the tumor. In other cases, an “active surveillance” approach may be recommended if an adenoma does not cause any noticeable symptoms or changes in pituitary gland function.
If you have been diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma, turn to Moffitt to receive the specialized treatment you need. You do not need a referral to consult with one of our physicians – just call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to request an appointment.