Pituitary tumours

Most pituitary tumours are pituitary adenomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) slow-growing tumours that arise from pituitary tissue.  Most are microadenomas (small tumours) although a few patients have macroadenomas, which are larger.  The treatment for pituitary adenoma depends on whether it produces hormones or not.   Care and treatment should be managed by a team specialising in the treatment of pituitary tumours.  This would include an endocrinologist, who is a specialist in diseases of the hormonal system.

About 1 in 10 brain tumours (10%) are in the pituitary gland.  They are more common in older people.

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