Pituitary Tumor Treatment
Drug therapy involves the use of certain medications to stop the pituitary gland from making too many hormones.
(Click Pituitary Tumor Treatment by Type to read more about treatment options for each type of pituitary tumor.)
Chemotherapy involves the use of certain medications to kill pituitary cancer cells. In the case of pituitary tumors, chemotherapy is most often used to treat pituitary carcinomas.
Because the treatments used for a pituitary tumor may damage healthy cells and tissues, side effects are common. Specific side effects depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. Before your treatment starts, healthcare providers should explain possible side effects and suggest ways to manage them.
Before starting treatment, patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a pituitary tumor research study meant to help improve current treatments or to obtain information on new treatments for patients with pituitary tumors. When clinical trials show that a new pituitary tumor treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
Follow-up care after your pituitary tumor treatment is important. Even when there are no longer any signs of the tumor, the disease sometimes returns.
During your follow-up visits, your doctor will monitor your recovery and will check for recurrence of the tumor. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated, if needed. Between scheduled visits, you should contact the doctor if you have any health problems.