The pituitary gland functions as a control room, producing hormones that regulate how other glands produce their hormones. The pituitary gland influences a variety of critical processes, including how we:
- Burn and store energy from food
- Respond to stress
- Function sexually
Pituitary disorders develop when the pituitary gland produces either too much or too little of its hormones, an imbalance that affects any of the important processes that the pituitary gland regulates. Some of the pituitary disorders we treat include:
- Pituitary tumors
- Cushing's disease
In general, pituitary tumors are not cancerous and rarely spread to other areas of the body. However, as they grow, they may place pressure on important nerves and blood vessels. Our endocrinologists collaborate with experienced neurosurgeons to determine if surgery is necessary. A multidisciplinary approach, in conjunction with neurosurgeons and other disciplines, provides you with the best possible care.
Other treatment options include:
- Radiation to shrink the tumor. Your doctor will work with you to determine whether radiation alone or in combination with surgery is best for you.
- Medication to help control the release of hormones from within the tumor and help shrink it.