Pituitary Tumour Appeal

What is the Pituitary Tumour appeal?

Pituitary tumours are rare tumours of the pituitary gland. This gland is located at the base of the brain and is often referred to as the ‘master gland’ as it controls the function of hormone glands andregulates body functions.

Pituitary tumours can affect people at any age, and whilst they are rare they can have a lifelong impact. Pituitary tumours can cause problems by releasing too much of a hormone. They can interfere with the normal function of the pituitary gland causing headaches, vision problems and reducing levels of other important pituitary hormones. A reduced amount of pituitary hormones can have many consequences including infertility, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and reduced well-being.

Whilst surgery, medications or radiotherapy are treatment options, they do not always lead to a cure and they can also give negative side effects. Unfortunately for some patients who have been cured, they may still suffer from the consequences of the tumour with aspects of their physical and emotional health being affected.

At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham there is a dedicated Pituitary Service with a large number of specialists involved. Here, hundreds of patients with pituitary tumours are seen from the local and wider areas.

Your donations will fund:

    Improved facilities for example in the Day Unit, surgical tools and Psychology support.


   Educational activities for patients and their support groups.


   Research in the field of pituitary tumours that will improve the diagnosis and management.


  Support for healthcare professionals with further education.


    The Birmingham Pituitary Academy brings together clinicians, researchers, nurses, patients, families and carers. The pituitary team will continue with further public engagement and patient education events in the future and if you are interested in attending a future event contact the endocrinenurseshgs@uhb.nhs.uk

If you would like to support the Pituitary Service deliver the best possible care to patients, please click here.

For more information on how your support will make a difference, please email charities@uhb.nhs.uk or call us on 0121 371 4852. 

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