Pituitary adenoma treatment will depend on multiple factors, including the size and location of the tumor, age, and overall health condition of the patient. Surgical removal of pituitary adenoma is the best chance for a cure. If the tumor invaded surrounding tissues, however, there is a lower chance of a surgical cure. In that case, you may be recommended to undergo other treatment options, such as medication or radiation therapy. Treatment options for pituitary adenoma include:
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery
Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD, specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for the removal of pituitary adenoma. This sophisticated procedure removes the tumor while minimizing complications, hospital time, trauma, and discomfort. Dr, Louis has the specialized skills and training with this advanced technique. Read more about Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery.
Sometimes use of medication, and not surgery may be the best initial course of treatment. However, in most cases, patients require a combination of medical and surgical treatment to remove pituitary adenoma. Medications are prescribed to help normalize or suppress growth hormone production and address symptoms of soft tissue swelling, headache, and other symptoms.
Radiation therapy for pituitary adenoma is recommended for some patients when surgery and medication are not sufficient to control the tumor. Radiation therapy involves a highly focused dose of radiation to the tumor. It takes an average of 18 months to lower the GH and IGF-1 levels. Continued long-term follow-up with an endocrinologist is recommended after radiotherapy for pituitary adenoma.