The pituitary gland is located in a bony indentation at the base of the brain just behind the eyes. The gland secretes hormones into the bloodstream that stimulate the thyroid to control many important bodily functions.
About seven percent of all brain tumors develop in the pituitary gland, amounting to about 1,300 diagnoses in the U.S. each year. Very few are fatal. But by overproducing hormones or blocking normal hormone production, pituitary tumors can create other problems, such as headaches, blurred vision, and—rarely—excessive urination and thirst. Often, however, they produce no symptoms.
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Team-based treatment at UCHealth
At UCHealth locations across Colorado, a caring team of doctors and support professionals from many fields work together to develop the best plan of care for you, and they stay with you from your initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
You receive doctor-managed care that emphasizes wellness and healing for you as a whole person—our complementary and integrative medicine specialists incorporate options such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutrition and exercise consultation into your treatment. Your expert medical team members may include:
- Radiation oncologists
Advanced treatment technologies
When you choose UCHealth, you gain access to advanced endoscopic technology for pituitary surgery, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery to treat recurring tumors or to help those for whom traditional surgery is not an option.