Pituitary gland tumours

What are pituitary gland tumours?

Pituitary gland tumours start in cells of the pituitary gland. Different types of tumours can affect the pituitary gland. Learn about pituitary neuroendocrine tumours (PitNETs) and malignant pituitary carcinomas in our guide.

Risk factors for pituitary gland tumours

Risk factors for pituitary gland tumours include genetic conditions such as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN), Carney complex, familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) and McCune-Albright syndrome. Learn about pituitary gland tumours.

Symptoms of pituitary gland tumours

A sign is something that can be observed and recognized by a doctor or healthcare professional (for example, a rash). A symptom is something that only the person experiencing it can feel and know (for example, pain or tiredness). Other health conditions can have the same signs and symptoms as pituitary gland tumours.

Diagnosis of pituitary gland tumours

Diagnosis is the process of finding the cause of a health problem. The process of diagnosis may seem long and frustrating, but it is important for the doctor to rule out other reasons for a health problem before diagnosing a pituitary gland tumour.

Prognosis and survival for pituitary gland tumours

If you have a pituitary gland tumour, it is normal to have questions about your prognosis and survival. Prognosis and survival depend on many factors. Only a doctor familiar with your medical history, type of tumour, characteristics of the tumour, treatments chosen and response to treatment can put all of this information together to arrive at a prognosis.

Treatments for pituitary gland tumours

Treatment options for pituitary gland tumours may include surgery, radiation therapy and drug therapy. Learn about treatment for pituitary gland tumours.

Supportive care for pituitary gland tumours

Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of a pituitary gland tumour. It is an important part of cancer care.

Pituitary gland cancer statistics

Cancer statistics tell us how many people in Canada are diagnosed with and die from other endocrine cancers in a certain time frame.

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