Depends. It matters what the pituitary tumor produces. Often, bromocritpine is used for prolactinomas. Discuss with a good endocrinologist.
Many. There are many drugs available to treat pituitary tumor but they are usually used after pituitary surgery. The only two drugs commonly used to treat pituitary tumor before surgery are: bromocriptine and carbegoline. These are utilized to treat prolactin-producing 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.
Uncontrolled cells. The pituitary gland is full of very complex cells that are very reactive to factors from the brain and produce complex hormones that control many functions of the body. At times, these cells become uncontrolled and start to produce hormones in excess and grow too big. These cells form tumors that may cause severe problems with body regulation. Surgery is usually necessary.
Yes. It can recur within a few years. That is why it needs to be followed every year with a MRI after surgery.
Yes. Unfortunately, almost any kind of tumor in the brain or elsewhere in the body is at risk for coming back. Some tumors are more likely to recur than others, though.
Should not affect. Pituitary tumors, unless massive in size (affecting other areas of the brain), should not affect speech.
PITUITARY TUMOR. Headache vision loss, particularly loss of peripheral vision nausea and vomiting symptoms of pituitary hormone deficiency fatigue weakness cold intolerance constipation low blood pressure body hair loss sexual dysfunction unintended weight loss or gain there can be an effect on speech sometimes even indirectly due to hormone involvement.
MRI. An MRI of the brain is the best way to see and diagnose a pituitary tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous).
MRI of pituitary. Brain.
Possibly. Memory is a complex function of the brain that is dependent on many different areas. If a pituitary tumor is sufficiently large or spreads to other areas of the brain, then it is conceivable that memory would be affected. However, other symptoms, such as disruptions in hormone levels/functions and changes in vision, are far more likely.
Rarely related. Not a usual symptom of pituitary disease.
Many. It can do nothing and just sit there for the rest of your life, or it can overproduce or shut down pituitary hormone secretion/production. If it's big enough, it can cause visual problems (loss of peripheral vision).
Variable. Commonly they secrete one or more hormones with resulting side effects. As an example too much growth hormone will result in large face, hands and feet. Local damage may occur in some patients due to compression (blindness) or invasion of bone or brain.