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Pituitary Tumors Treatment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

Pituitary tumors are rarely malignant, but because of their location at the base of the brain behind the eyes, receiving a diagnosis of a pituitary tumor can be frightening news.

At University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center, an entire team of specialists is there to help.

We created the Pituitary Tumor Clinic to offer our patients access to experts at correcting or improving the effects of non-malignant tumors on the pituitary glands, which produce hormones that are key to your health.

The region's only NCI-designated cancer center

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in this part of the country (and one of only 40 in the United States), we feature an internationally-recognized pool of physicians, researchers and specialists to ensure you benefit from the latest medical advances.

That’s why our 5-year survival rate for many kinds of cancer is up to 30% higher than state, regional and national averages.

To begin your journey with a dedicated team of pituitary tumor experts, call us at (720) 848-0300.

Comprehensive Care

At the CU Cancer Center, the same caring team of doctors and support professionals will be with you throughout your entire journey, from your initial appointment and evaluation to treatment and aftercare.

  • Your team is made up of experts from many fields:  surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists and counselors. Most of those you’ll meet specialize specifically in treating pituitary tumors, support and rehabilitation. They review your test results, your progress and discuss the best next step in your care with each other and with you.
  • All your records, consultations, test results and provider notes about you and your treatment are in an electronic medical record, available to all of the doctors within the University of Colorado Hospital system who may be called in from all our specialties to help treat you and your condition. 
  • You also have access to complementary and alternative medicine through our doctor-led Center for Integrative Medicine.
  • We treat you as a whole person. Cancer treatment at UCH is designed to support and educate you and your entire support network.

Advanced Research and Treatment

As the regional leader in research, treatment and support, we offer specialized care not available anywhere else in Colorado and this part of the country. You get:

  • World-renowned experts in cancer diagnosis and staging, which are the first steps for getting proper care
  • Advanced endoscopic surgery technology for patients undergoing pituitary surgery
  • State-of-the-art stereotactic radiosurgery for non-surgical or recurrent pituitary tumor patients
  • Access to many new treatments, including the latest drugs and vaccines for treating pituitary tumors, through our involvement in clinical trials.
Human Brain

Pituitary Tumors at a Glance

  • The pituitary gland is located in a bony indentation at the base of the brain just behind the eyes.
  • The pituitary gland secretes hormones into the blood stream that stimulate the thyroid to control your metabolism, the reproductive organs (ovaries and testes), growth in children and adolescents, the adrenal gland to control your stress hormones and milk production in pregnant and nursing women.
  • Pituitary tumors are slow growing tumors that are very rarely malignant (cancerous), but they can cause other problems from overproduction of hormones by the tumor or by the mass blocking normal hormone production. In addition, they often cause headaches, blurred vision, and, rarely, excessive urination and thirst. Often, they do not produce any symptoms.
  • About 7 percent of all brain tumors develop in the pituitary gland. There are about 1,300 diagnoses each year. Most are adenomas, and very few are fatal.
  • Cancerous tumors of the pituitary gland are very rare. Only 140 cases have been described in medical journals to date.

Source: American Cancer Society

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