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Tumor Care

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Find advanced pituitary tumor treatment at UW Medicine

We know a tumor diagnosis can be frightening, but that's why we're here. Let the expertise and compassion of the UW Medicine team at the Pituitary Program put your mind at ease. It's a good feeling to know the innovative care you deserve is right here at home.

The Pituitary Program at UW Medical Center - Montlake provides comprehensive treatment to patients with disorders of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus including pituitary gland disorder evaluation, management and cures.

If you've been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and desire a second opinion, please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Call 206-598-9894 to make an appointment today and find the help and expertise you need.

The specialists on our multidisciplinary team - including neuro-endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, radiation oncologists, neuro-radiologists and neuro-ophthalmologists - are experts in diagnosing, treating and curing pituitary and hypothalamic disorders.

What is a pituitary tumor?

A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland, a small gland in the brain that is located behind the back of the nose. Most pituitary tumors are benign (not cancerous) and do not spread to other parts of the body, but they can cause the pituitary gland to produce too few or too many hormones, which causes problems in the body.

The main types of pituitary tumors include:

  • Nonfunctional adenomas
  • Prolactin-producing tumors
  • ACTH-producing tumors
    • Cushing's disease
  • Growth hormone-producing tumors
    • Acromegaly
    • Gigantism

Symptoms of pituitary tumors depend on the type of tumor and the area of the pituitary gland that is affected. Each person’s symptoms may vary.

Pituitary Tumor Care at UW Medicine

At the UW Medicine Pituitary Program, we provide a precise diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient. Our neurosurgeons specialize in pituitary and skull base tumors and use Endoscopic Transnasal Transphenoidal Surgery (ETTS), a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeon uses an angled endoscope to remove the pituitary tumor. ETTS is useful intreating some of the most complex pituitary tumors.

If you have a syndrome resulting from hormone overproduction - such as Cushing's disease or acromegaly - and you can't have surgery or surgery hasn't been effective, our neuro-endocrinologists can develop a plan to manage your disorder. If your pituitary gland isn't working correctly, our neuro-endocrinologists are also highly experienced in the precise management of hormone replacement therapy.

The clinic also offers detailed outpatient evaluation, including thorough office visits, hormone testing, radiology studies (such as an MRI) and vision exams.

Don’t hesitate to call us at 206.598.9894 to make your appointment with the experts at UW Medicine's Pituitary Program today.