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Does the pituitary gland have anything to do with prostate cancer?

Does the pituitary gland have anything to do with prostate cancer?

Not exactly: Prostate cancer is typically effected by testosterone. One way to treat prostate cancer is to reduce the testosterone levels to very low values. The main way that this is done today is by giving drugs that are gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (gnrh). These drugs bind to the puitary to cause the release of FSH and LH which over time down regulate the production of testosterone. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is cancer of the pituitary gland difficult to treat?

Is cancer of the pituitary gland difficult to treat?

Depends: A thorough evaluation is essential in properly diagnosing tumors of the pituitary gland. Consultation with a neurosurgeon and endocrinologist is usually recommended. Treatment options depend on tumor type and location. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is cancer of the pituitary gland?

How harmful for your health is cancer of the pituitary gland?

Depends on the type: Most tumors of the pituitary gland (90%) are benign tumors. Cancers of the pituitary gland fall into two categories: metastatic and primary. Metastatic cancers can go to the pituitary.Prognosis is dependent on where the cancer came from (ie. Is it lung, breast or melanoma?). Pituitary carcinomas arise from the pituitary gland.Treatment is multimodal and involves surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Is a pituitary gland tumour curable or is it a cancer? And if curable what medication would you be on? Am 17 and female

Not cancer, curable: Most pituitary tumor are not cancer, but are benign. There are many different cell types in pituitary tumors. These tumors can be treated with surgery, or in some cases with medications like bromocriptine for pituitary tumors that secrete prolactin (cause breast milk leakage and can cause infertility). ...Read more

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What characteristics or parameters would you examine or look for in someone with prostate gland hypertrophy or prostate cancer?

What characteristics or parameters would you examine or look for in someone with prostate gland hypertrophy or prostate cancer?

Prostate: A rectal exam is the most direct way to evaluate the prostate. With benign prostatic hypertrophy the gland is enlarged but usually not nodular. When a nodule is felt a biopsy probably should be done. The PSA test in the blood can help in the diagnosis. There is an increased rate of detectable cancer with serum PSA levels of 2.6 to 4.0. ...Read more

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With a MRI what characteristics or parameters would you examine or look for in someone with prostate gland hypertrophy or prostate cancer?

With a MRI what characteristics or parameters would you examine or look for in someone with prostate gland hypertrophy or prostate cancer?

Here are some...: MRI can better characterize the tissue texture and identify suspected spots harboring prostate cancer so to improve diagnosing P-Ca. More? Ask your urologist timely. To assure getting the things for healthcare done correctly, follow instructions in articles of http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html; thereby, you will gain much insight on how handle various issues on PSA & P-Ca. ...Read more

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Fatherinlaw has stage 4 prostate cancer, glands, bladder. How can you get him to take it serious he thinks 2 docs lying. putting family through hell?

Fatherinlaw has stage 4 prostate cancer,  glands, bladder. How can you get him to take it serious he thinks 2 docs lying. putting family through  hell?

Here are some ...: Your described clinical scenario in your beloved father-in-law isn't uncommon resulting from: denial and wishful thinking, but not his fault by the following: 1. "If it's not broke, don't fix it." has imprinted in many people's mind based on how much physical mental & suffering may emerge, 2. the power of political correctness and commercialism has made many become their own worst enemy to face .. ...Read more

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How harmful is cancer of the pituitary gland?

Extremely rare: However, any cancer that isn't treated by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy will eventually kill the person who has it. A pituitary adenoma and a craniopharyngioma (a dangerous benign tumor that arises near the pituitary) are both to be distinguished from cancer but both need to be managed. ...Read more

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How horrible is cancer of the pituitary gland?

How horrible is cancer of the pituitary gland?

Cancer?: Hi. Did your doctor tell you it's "cancer" or a "tumor"? The VAST majority of pituitary tumors are BENIGN, not cancer. Without a biopsy, no one can assume cancer. Talk with your doctor...this may not be anywhere near as bad as you think. On the other hand, if you do have cancer in the pituitary, it can be bad. Talk with your doctor; get the information. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does the pituitary gland normally do, and what are the usual symptoms of pituitary cancer?

What does the pituitary gland normally do, and what are the usual symptoms of pituitary cancer?

Many: Simplistically, the pituitary produces 6 hormones (fsh, lh, gh, tsh, acth, prolactin) which control hormone secretions from your thyroid, testicles or ovaries, adrenal, breast milk. A sign of a large pituitary tumor is loss of peripheral (sideway) vision, that is, when you look straight ahead, you cannot see what on your sides. Pituitary tumors are not cancerous, they are benign. ...Read more

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Is a pituitary gland tumour cancerous because when i type it in google it's being related to cancer?

Is a pituitary gland tumour cancerous because when i type it in google it's being related to cancer?

Some are malignant: The word cancerous usually implies "malignant" as opposed to a growth that is "benign." pituitary tumors can be both benign, meaning tumors that can usually be removed to cure them, and often do not spread to other parts of the body, and the cells do not invade other tissues; or they can be malignant, meaning they spread into other areas of the body. Very few pituitary tumors are malignant. ...Read more

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Why would a man urinate after orgasm if he had his prostate gland removed after.Having prostate cancer?

Why would a man urinate after orgasm if he had his prostate gland removed after.Having prostate cancer?

Changed anatomy: After prostatectomy, men must rely on a single sphincter mechanism. This is the one that can be controlled voluntarily. An involuntary sphincter at the bladder neck is necessarily removed during radical prostatectomy. During emission and ejaculation, a coordinated contraction of the bladder neck and relaxation of the voluntary sphincter occurs. After surgery this can lead to the result described. ...Read more

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Fatherinlaw found out today prostate cancer in glands, bladder, bones, stage 4. What is the survival rate for him, family wondering. thanks?

Fatherinlaw found out today prostate cancer in glands, bladder, bones, stage 4. What is the survival rate for him, family wondering. thanks?

Unfortunately poor: the overall outcome is not good, I would suggest following his physicians lead and make the time remaining as comfortable, enjoyable and as loving as possible. My thoughts are with your family. ...Read more

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I've got a breast tumor. Had a ultrasound. Now waiting on biopsy. He said it probably was a adenoma. I've got one on my pituitary gland also. Cancer?

I've got a breast tumor.  Had a ultrasound. Now waiting on biopsy.  He said it probably was a adenoma. I've got one on my pituitary gland also. Cancer?

Ubknown: I would need much more information. A breast "adenoma" is probably meant to be a benign (non-cancerous) fibroadenoma ; would not be related to a pituitary adenoma. The biopsy will give you the information you need. ...Read more

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Fatherinlaw found out last wk prostate cancer in pelvic glands, bladder, stage 4. How much time does he have only took one set of hormone shots so far?

Fatherinlaw found out last wk prostate cancer in pelvic glands, bladder, stage 4. How much time does he have only took one set of hormone shots so far?

Can not tell you: It is impossible to tell you how long he will live. Every person is different and only his doctor can give him an estimate. Even then some people live long past an estimate that is given to them. It is best to help him live the rest of his life as fully as possible and not be focused on how much time he has left. ...Read more

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Due enlarged spleens have anything to do with prostate cancer?

Due enlarged spleens have anything to do with prostate cancer?

No: Prostate cancer does not involve the spleen. It generally spreads to pelvic lymph nodes and surrounding organs but generally does not spread to the spleen. ...Read more

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I had PSA test . Prostate cancer test. Total PSA is 0.506 ng/mL and PSA free is 0.152. I think psa free is very low. Can you tell me results fine or??

I had PSA test . Prostate cancer test. Total PSA is 0.506 ng/mL and PSA free is 0.152. I think psa free is very low. Can you tell me results fine or??

Firstly: Reason for PSA testing in a24 year old is unclear. Pre test probability is very low making the positive predictive value of the test extremly low hence not neccessary to do. the numbers give are WNL and reflective of a small sized prostate gland which is consistent with your age ...Read more

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Another test my 5 year can be tested for be sides pitutary gland and thyroid? My 5 year old daughter has been tested for pituitary gland and thyroid. Comes back negative since the age of 3. She is now close to 90 pounds. Very active and i watch what she e

Another test my 5 year can be tested for be sides pitutary gland and thyroid? My 5 year old daughter has been tested for pituitary gland and thyroid. Comes back negative since the age of 3. She is now close to 90 pounds. Very active and i watch what she e

There : There are many reasons for weight gain in both children and adults. Tests for the thyroid are simple to rule out hypothyroidism include free T4 and tsh. If she is not short for her age she does not likely have something called cushings syndrome which may be caused by a pituitary condition and which causes weight gain from eating a lot. I would suggest she visit with an endocrinologist and ideally a pediatric endocrinologist to check her out. The absence of a family history of weight problems does raise concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


Pituitary Gland (Definition)

The pituitary is the source of several hormonal stimulation pathways, such as acth to stimulate the adrenal gland, TSH for the thyroid, but the posterior aspect deals with fluid and ...Read more