Treatments for Pituitary Tumors at UPMC
Treatment for a pituitary tumor (adenoma) depends on what hormones the tumor is secreting.
Neurosurgeons at UPMC's Pituitary Center may use several treatments together to provide the best care for you.
For most people, the best treatment is to remove the pituitary tumor. At UPMC, the preferred method for this surgery is the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA).
EEA for pituitary tumors allows surgeons to:
- See the pituitary gland well without making an open incision.
- Remove the pituitary tumor through the nose and nasal cavities.
- Carefully explore the remaining pituitary gland to check for other lesions and remove all abnormal tissue.
However, there are situations in which a traditional approach is still required.
Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a painless procedure that uses radiation beams to target pituitary tumors and lesions, with no surgical incision.
We use Gamma Knife to treat residual pituitary tumors after surgery and recurrence.
Neurosurgeons may prescribe medications:
- To reduce the level of hormones that the pituitary produces.
- After surgery, if a large tumor in the pituitary (macroadenoma) is affecting surrounding structures.