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Is it possible to have surgery for my pituitary cancer?
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Pituitary growths are not cancerous.
They are benign. The treatment for large growths or growths that produce excess hormones except for prolactin is surgery. The treatment for growths that produce prolactin is a pill, surgery is needed only if the pill doesn't shrink the tumor. Small non-functioning tumor < 1cm usually does not need treatment or surgery.

In brief: Yes
Pituitary growths are not cancerous.
They are benign. The treatment for large growths or growths that produce excess hormones except for prolactin is surgery. The treatment for growths that produce prolactin is a pill, surgery is needed only if the pill doesn't shrink the tumor. Small non-functioning tumor < 1cm usually does not need treatment or surgery.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Need to see a neurosurgeon to see if a candidate.

In brief: Yes
Need to see a neurosurgeon to see if a candidate.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Dr. Alan Jackson
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Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pituitary tumors
Most pituitary tumors are benign, and hence not really "cancer" but because they occur in a deep, critical location, they can cause problems with other structures.
Conventional surgical approaches are the trans-sphenoidal (nasal) approach, but larger tumors may not be able to be treated this way. Other treatments using radiation therapy (e.g. gamma knife, or proton beam) have also shown promise.

In brief: Pituitary tumors
Most pituitary tumors are benign, and hence not really "cancer" but because they occur in a deep, critical location, they can cause problems with other structures.
Conventional surgical approaches are the trans-sphenoidal (nasal) approach, but larger tumors may not be able to be treated this way. Other treatments using radiation therapy (e.g. gamma knife, or proton beam) have also shown promise.
Dr. Lewis Hassell
Dr. Lewis Hassell
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