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Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Does having a pituitary tumor shorten your lifespan?

Pituitary tumor: It really depends on the type of tumor, its surgical removal or treatment by therapy. Some of these tumors are benign and with treatment can lead to a normal lifespan - it is all based on the tumor type and the available treatment. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What is a pituitary tumor?

What is a pituitary tumor?

A growth: A pituitary tumor is simply a growth on the pituitary. It's not cancerous but it could cause problems by increasing or decreasing pituitary hormone secretion. It can also cause visual problems if it's big enough. ...Read more

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What medicine helps a pituitary tumor?

Depends: It matters what the pituitary tumor produces. Often, bromocritpine is used for prolactinomas. Discuss with a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pituitary tumor?

Subtle: Cuts in the visual field that you won't notice until someone checks you with one eye closed. A woman's periods stopping or becoming irregular. Milk production perhaps. Lost libido. Headaches -- sometimes sudden and catastrophic. Needing bigger gloves. Just feeling run down and being called "neurotic". Weight gain / diabetes / hypertension / moods that get blamed on "lifestyle." bad tumor to miss. ...Read more

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What causes pituitary tumors?

What causes pituitary tumors?

Unknown.: There are malignant and non-malignant pituitary tumors, some that produce hormones, some that don't. Some cause problems because of their size and relationship to the optic chiasm and can cause visual problems and headaches. Causes of pituitary tumors are unknown. ...Read more

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How are pituitary tumors tested?

Labs: Blood testings can determine if the tumor is increasing or decreasing hormones production/secretion. ...Read more

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How do we treat pituitary tumors?

It depends.: Often a first step is tumor removal (and obtaining a biopsy specimen), now frequently performed as an endoscopic surgery through the sinuses, usually done by both an ENT surgeon and a neurosurgeon. Tumors which make pituitary hormones may shrink or stabilize with oral medication. Large or aggressive tumors may require targeted radiation therapy, e.g. Cyber knife, after (or instead of) surgery. ...Read more

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Are all pituitary tumors the same?

Tough question: Tumors of the pituitary vary almost as much as the type of people who ask questions to health tap. Think of the pituitary as an attachment of the brain that receives information and sends messages in the form of hormones throughout the body. Abnormal growths can occur within and around this gland as well as excessive growth due to too much or too little information and hormone in and output. ...Read more

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How do the pituitary tumors occur?

Don't know: Most pituitary tumors occur spontaneously without any underlying known cause. ...Read more

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