Why Choose Treatment for Pituitary Tumors at University of Colorado Hospital?

With just the right balance of patient care, research and education, University of Colorado Hospital provides the highest quality treatment for pituitary tumors in the nation.

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What is a Pituitary Tumor?

A pituitary tumor is a tumor located on your pituitary gland. This gland is connected to the brain and is located just behind the eyes. The pituitary gland secretes hormones into the blood stream that stimulate reproductive organs (ovaries and testes), growth in children and adolescents, and milk production in pregnant and nursing women.

Pituitary tumors are slow growing tumors that are very rarely malignant (cancerous), but they can cause other problems. Depending on the size and location, they can cause hormone problems with hormone levels, headaches, blurred vision, excessive urination and thirst.

Pituitary tumors can be treated with medication and surgery if necessary.

Featured provider: Kevin O. Lillehei, MD

Dr. Lillehei is Director of the Neuro-Oncology program and a neurosurgeon at University of Colorado Hospital. His clinical interests include pituitary tumors, benign and malignant gliomas, spinal cord tumors, and peripheral nerve injuries.

See Dr. Lillehei in "The Goal," UCH's YouTube video about a brain tumor patient who continues to beat survival odds.

Learn more about the Department of Neurosurgery

Learn more about the Pituitary Program at University of Colorado School of Medicine

 

Pituitary Disorders: Patient Education from University of Colorado Hospital

Living With Pituitary Disorders

Pituitary disorders can affect the body and metabolism in many ways.

Pituitary tumors. Often a pituitary tumor will produce excess hormones. Depending on which hormones are being secreted, pituitary tumors can cause hypothyroidism, Cushing's Syndrome, excess abdominal fat, depression, weakness, excessive bone growth, sudden lactation (milk production) and loss of menstrual periods.

Often a tumor that is causing hormone imbalances responds well to either oral or injected medication. When medication is ineffective or the tumor is very large, the tumor may need to be removed surgically by a neurosurgeon.

Pituitary Disorders: Getting a Second Opinion

University of Colorado Hospital is happy to offer a second opinion and to work with you if you choose to come to our hospital for treatment.

Tests & Treatments for Pituitary Disorders at University of Colorado Hospital

Tests for Pituitary Tumors

Blood Tests

Checks for hormone imbalances.

MRI

This is a machine that will scan your brain and confirm whether or not you have a pituitary tumor.


Treatments for Pituitary Tumors

Medication

Your doctor will prescribe medication based on your pituitary tumor and the specific hormone imbalances it is causing. Medications may be oral or injected.

Surgery

When medication is ineffective, the pituitary tumor may need to be surgically removed. A neurosurgeon will perform this surgery.

Stereotactic Radiation Therapy

When a pituitary tumor cannot be completely removed, radiation may be used to help shrink the remaining portion. This treatment focuses the radiation only on the tumor, so there is less exposure to the rest of the brain.

More information at http://www.uch.edu/conditions/diabetes-endocrine/pituitary-tumors/medical-team/

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