Two factors will influence the treatment option that will be suggested for your child:
Surgically removing the tumour is the preferred treatment option which offers the best chance for cure. You may be referred to a neurosurgeon working with the Mind and Brain Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital for this surgery. Our neurosurgeons practice the latest surgical techniques, allowing pituitary tumours to be removed that were previously considered unable to be removed surgically.
Yet in some cases surgery may not be an option because of the location of the tumour near a critical blood vessel or nerve, posing a very high risk. In that case, medication to help shrink the tumour or stop production of excess growth hormones may be recommended. These may be administered orally or via injection.
If the above options are not effective, your child’s doctor may consider radiation therapy which uses focused radiation beams to eradicate the tumour.
Talk to your child’s doctor working with the Children’s Hospital Service Line of The Aga Khan University Hospital and other healthcare professionals you may have been referred to in detail about your child’s condition and the associated risks and possible complications of any treatment option.