What Are Pituitary Tumors?
Often hard to detect, pituitary tumors are a type of tumor that develops on the pituitary gland. Often times, these tumors are the direct reason that people suffer from irregular hormone levels. Hormones regulate many of the functions of the body and when they do not offer the type of regulation necessary, it can create a lower level of necessary hormone. This can lead to a number of health risks. If you suspect that you may have these, or your doctor has told you that you need additional screening for them, do not overlook the importance of seeking out this care as soon as possible.
What You Need to Know
Most of the time, pituitary tumors are noncancerous, or benign. In some cases, they can be cancerous and will need treatment. Those that are noncancerous are called adenomas. They remain on or in the gland and they do not tend to spread from that point. Everyone’s needs for treatment will differ including on how well or easily it can be removed or if it is growing.
The following are symptoms that you may have a pituitary tumor:
- You may have a headache￼
- Some people suffer vision loss, most commonly peripheral vision loss
- Some people will not know of the tumor until there is a hormone concern. Individuals may suffer over-functioning or deficiency in specific tumors as a result of this condition.
- It is important to know that there are many people who do not suffer any symptoms or signs.
Not all pituitary tumors will need any treatment. The treatment that is necessary, if so, is specific to the individual’s condition. The type of tumor, its size, and how far the tumor has grown into the brain will all determine the type of treatment necessary.
In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove the turmoil. Radiation therapy is another type of potential treatment option. Medications can also be an effective treatment option in some cases. And, in some cases, your doctor will simply wait and see what happens with the tumor to determine if there is any type of treatment necessary.
If you are suffering from vision loss, hormone changes, or suspected concerns related to the underlying pituitary gland, it is important for you to seek out the care of your doctor. Call our offices today to schedule a consultation with the best ENT doctor in New York.