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The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and produces hormones that control many other glands in the body. Pituitary tumors can lead to problems with thyroid functioning, impotence, milk production from the breasts, irregular menstrual periods, or problems regulating the fluid balance in the body. Due to the closeness of the pituitary gland to the nerves of the eyes, patients with these tumors may have decreased vision.
Tumors in the pituitary gland are frequently benign. Since the pituitary gland is at the base of the skull, removal of a pituitary tumor at The Stanford Brain Tumor Center is often done using an advanced technique where the physicians can access the tumor through the nose without external surgery. Some pituitary tumors can be treated with medication, to shrink the tumor or stop the growth of the tumor without surgery.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may 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.