The presence of pituitary tumours can be uncomfortable for you. Fortunately, pituitary tumours are often effectively treatable alleviating your symptoms so you can lead a normal life.
Treatment for prolactinoma:
Prolactinomas can be treated with oral medication. The drugs prescribed help lower the prolactin levels and often reduce the tumour. If in case, drug therapy in ineffective, you may have to undergo surgery. In rare cases, radiation therapy is also used.
Treatment for growth hormone-secreting tumour:
The best treatment for acromegaly is surgery which involves the removal of tumour through the nasal cavity using small instruments and a camera (transsphenoidal microsurgery). If the tumour is too large, the tumour may have to be removed by opening a section of the skull (craniotomy).
If the tumour is not completely removed by the surgery, your doctor may prescribe medications or radiation therapy.
Treatment for adrenocorticotropic hormone-secreting (ACTH) tumour:
Effective treatment for ACTH tumour involves transsphenoidal microsurgery which has a success rate of 90% when performed by an experienced surgeon. If surgery fails to work or the tumour regrows, radiation therapy and medications may be the next treatment option.
Treatment for thyroid stimulation hormone (TSH)-secreting tumours:
Transsphenoidal microsurgery usually ensures completely removal of the tumour, unless the tumour is large. Medications and radiation therapy follows surgery in case of bigger tumours.