- How are pituitary tumors treated?
- Surgery for pituitary tumors
- Radiation therapy for pituitary tumors
- Medicines to treat pituitary tumors
- Clinical trials for pituitary tumors
- Complementary and alternative therapies for pituitary tumors
- Treatment of functional (hormone-making) pituitary tumors
- Treatment of non-functional pituitary tumors (tumors that don’t make excess hormones)
- Treatment of pituitary carcinomas
- More treatment information for pituitary tumors
Treatment of pituitary carcinomas
Pituitary carcinomas are rare tumors that have already spread to other parts of the body when they are found. Surgery and radiation therapy are the main forms of treatment and may slow tumor growth and prevent or relieve symptoms. But in general, these tumors are very hard to control.
Chemotherapy and newer targeted therapy drugs may be tried, but it’s not clear if these treatments can improve survival. Because pituitary carcinoma affects so few patients, it’s hard to study which treatments might be effective. Taking part in a clinical trial of a new treatment may be a good option.
Last Medical Review: 05/08/2014
Last Revised: 05/08/2014