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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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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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How harmful is cancer of the pituitary gland?

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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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 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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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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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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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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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