Information for Patients with Pituitary Disorders
Having a pituitary tumor or disorder can be frightening. You might feel sick because your hormones are out of balance, or have severe headaches or vision problems. Your questions might include:
- Will I need surgery?
- Will I feel normal and function well again?
- Will I take medication for the rest of my life?
- How do I learn more about my disorder?
Pituitary Tumors Overview
Pituitary disease is most often caused by benign tumors called adenomas. These are either:
- Functioning (making too much of one or more hormones).
- Non-functioning (not making hormones, but possibly causing damage in other ways).
Most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous). About 50 percent can be treated with medication. If you need surgery to remove a pituitary tumor, a qualified neurosurgeon (doctor specializing in surgery on the nerves and nervous system) can easily treat most pituitary tumors.