Treatments for Pituitary Tumors

Specific treatment for pituitary tumors will be determined by your doctor based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease
  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment options

  • Surgical removal of the tumor
  • External radiation (external beam therapy)
    A treatment that precisely sends high levels of radiation directly to the cancer cells. The machine is controlled by the radiation therapist. Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells and to shrink pituitary tumors, special shields may be used to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes.
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy
    A new radiation therapy that uses a single high dose of radiation sent directly into the cancerous tissue with very narrow beams of radiation. This is a precise technique that targets the pituitary tumor, causing less damage to the surrounding tissues. A type of stereotactic radiation is called gamma knife.
  • Medications
    Medications control the growth hormone and/or prolactin production by the tumor. There are medications specific to the type of pituitary tumor.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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