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Endocrine: Is the pancreatic tumor benign? You will need to see an endocrinologist to make sure you don't have particular multi endocrine neoplasm . Also, will depend on the nature of the tumor (benign vs cancerous) and whether they are causing any symptoms. If there are functioning and secreting certain hormones- and or if the size is big and creating symptom then therapy need to be considered. D/w doctor. ...Read more
"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
What to do if I had a pituatary tumor that currently is not active. I have recently been diagnosed with another pancreatic tumor. how do you handle all this?
Get the facts: For example, whether or not you have multiple endocrine neoplasia, what the prognosis for each of your lesions is, what to expect, what treatment options there may be, whether no treatment might be best. Approach it like an adult. Almost everyone, sooner or later, will get sick with something. Your physician is there to help you manage it; you must draw on your own inner resources & smarts. ...Read more
In hyperthyroidism, would a low TSH be caused by a pituatary tumor? If so, what would blood tests indicate?
Yes it is possible: Cushing's disease is cushing's symptoms specifically because of a tumor of the pituitary gland. Cushing's syndrome is these same symptoms that result from any other cause. Other causes include chronic corticosteroid use, tumors of the adrenal gland or cancerous tumors from elsewhere in the body. In all cases the problem is excess cortisol levels in the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are pituitary macroadenomas the only tumors that can cause vision problems or can microadenomas cause it too?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Pituitary tumors are almost always benign, and most are amenable to surgical excision. Residual tumor is often treated with radiation therapy. Growth of some tumors may be stopped with oral medication. Regardless, some tumors tend to grow, albeit very slowly in general. Revision surgery is sometimes required, and one key to treatment is good surveillance for further growth with periodic mris. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers