About the Pituitary Gland
Pituitary tumors are tumors found in the pituitary gland, a small organ about the size of a pea in the center of the brain just above the back of the nose. The pituitary gland makes hormones that regulate a wide variety of bodily activities.
Although rare, most pituitary tumors are non-cancerous (benign). However, because of the location of the pituitary gland, at the base of the skull, a pituitary tumor grows upward. And, eventually, most pituitary tumors press against the optic nerves, causing vision problems.
Every year, UW sees a multitude of patients with pituitary tumors. Patient care is managed by a multidisciplinary team of health care providers that include neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and radiation oncologists. The team provides medical and surgical care for patients with a new diagnosis or history of pituitary tumors. Patient cases are discussed by the multidisciplinary team to ensure all treatment options are explored.
- Pituitary protocol MRI
- Dynamic pituitary MRI
- Trans-sphenoidal craniotomy for pituitary tumors
- 3-D treatment planning
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- Fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy