Pituitary Tumors: Viewpoint— Medical Therapy

Abstract

Tumors can arise from any of the cell types that make up the pituitary gland. The role of medical therapy in pituitary adenomas varies depending on the tumor subtype. In the case of prolactinomas, medical therapy is the primary treatment. For all other tumors of pituitary origin, surgery is the primary therapy with medical therapy playing an adjunctive role sometimes in conjunction with radiation therapy. This brief chapter gives an overview of the use of medical therapy in treating pituitary tumors. Ultimately, a multidisciplinary approach is beneficial in the management of most pituitary tumors.

Keywords

Adenoma Cortisol Prolactin Meningioma Hypothyroidism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology & MetabolismState University of New York Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA

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