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Tests, Treatments and Therapies for Pituitary Tumors at the University of Colorado Cancer Center

Because of their sensitive location, we aim to use the most minimally invasive approach for both diagnosis and treatment of pituitary tumors. As a world leader in cancer research, we use a vast array of resources to properly evaluate your situation, and create a plan to fit your exact, personal needs.

From the initial diagnosis to your post-treatment follow-up, you will have an expert medical team with you every step of the way. To partner with our team of experts and create your individual treatment plan, call (720) 848-0300 to start your journey now.

The following tests and procedures may be used to find and classify tumors in the pituitary glands:


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – An imaging technique that provides detailed images of body structures. It uses radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer. These pictures can show the differences between normal and diseased tissues.


Blood tests – Doctors look at hormones in the blood.


Medication – Your doctor will prescribe medication based on your pituitary tumor and the specific hormone imbalances it is causing. Medications may be oral or injected. These medications may lower the abnormally high hormone levels or give back hormones that are low.


Surgery – When medication is not available to treat a specific pituitary problem or you can not tolerate it, the pituitary tumor may need to be surgically removed. A specialized neurosurgeon will perform this surgery.


Stereotactic Radiation Therapy – When a pituitary tumor cannot be completely removed surgically, radiation may be used afterwards to help shrink the remaining portion. This type of radiation allows precise targeting of the tumor so there is less exposure to the rest of the brain. 

Clinical Trials

Your medical team may also recommend that you participate in a clinical trial. The University of Colorado Hospital conducts hundreds of clinical trials in an ongoing effort to discover and deliver more effective treatments. They may offer access to drugs, vaccines and new kinds of treatment years before they are widely available.

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