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 and regulates 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...Find out more >