Pituitary Disorders

City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of pituitary gland disorders, including pituitary tumors and cancers. Our specialized pituitary clinic takes a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to treating a broad variety of conditions, including:
 
  • Pituitary Tumors (both hormone and non-hormone secreting)
    • Adenomas (benign), including prolactinomas
    • Adenocarcinomas (malignant)
    • Secondary tumors (metastases from cancers that originated elsewhere)
    • Craniopharyngiomas (tumors involving the stalk connecting the pituitary gland and the brain)
  • Acromegaly (overproduction of growth hormone)
  • Cushing syndrome (overproduction of cortisol or “the stress hormone”)
  • Hyperprolactinemia (overproduction of prolactin, which stimulates milk production)
  • Hypopituitarism (underproduction of one or more pituitary hormones)
 
Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals take an integrated approach to treating these diseases by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
 
  • tests that can help detect pituitary dysfunctions earlier, before they cause more serious and lasting harm to the body
  • minimally-invasive surgical techniques that can remove the pituitary tumors with less impact to the surrounding healthy brain tissue; our neurosurgeons’ expertise in biopsy and resection also means they can access and treat tumors that are considered inoperable elsewhere
  • highly precise radiation therapy that can target pituitary tumorss with minimal exposure to nearby tissues
  • drug and hormone therapies to treat hormonal imbalances caused by pituitary disorders
 
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts — including rehabilitation specialists, palliative care physicians and clinical social workers. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to pituitary disorders and their treatments. This includes managing symptoms (such as nausea, fatigue and cognitive impairments), maintaining quality of life throughout therapy and adjusting to a post-treatment lifestyle.
 
Learn more about pituitary disorders, symptoms, risk factors and diagnostic tests on Hormone Health Network’s website.
 
 
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in research and treatment of pituitary tumors and disorders. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a pituitary disorder or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.