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A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the pituitary gland, which is the main hormone-producing gland in the body. About the size of a pea, the pituitary gland is located in the center of the brain behind the nose and eyes. Hormones are chemical substances the body produces that control and regulate certain cells or organs. A tumor in the pituitary gland can disrupt the normal balance of hormones in the body and affect a person's health.
Our multidisciplinary team of doctors, neurosurgeons and specialists from several departments within Johns Hopkins Medicine, including the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, offers patients individualized treatment plans.
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What You Need to Know
- About 10% of all primary brain tumors are pituitary tumors.
- Only a very small number of pituitary tumors are malignant (cancerous). Many pituitary tumors do not cause health problems almost all pituitary tumors can be treated, usually through medications and surgery.
- Because of the location of the pituitary gland, at the base of the skull, a pituitary tumor grows upward. Eventually, some pituitary tumors will press against the optic nerves, causing vision problems.
- There is no obvious cause of pituitary tumors, but one percent to five percent occur within families. Some pituitary tumors might be caused by stimulation from the hypothalamus — a part of the brain that signals the pituitary gland to make hormones.
Learn more about pituitary tumors in our Health Library.
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of pituitary tumors?
The team at the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center works together to provide the safest and most effective treatment possible for patients with pituitary tumors.
Meet Our Physicians:
Neurosurgeons – doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors and other disorders of the nervous system
Nurses and Physician Assistants – health care professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons – in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery
Anderson, Jill, MS, PA-C
Glass-Macenka, Deanna, RN, BSN, CNRN
Jaime Briddell, RN, BSN, CMSRN
The Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center offers patients individualized treatment plans including expert surgery and medical treatments informed by leading-edge research.
Brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins is advancing the understanding of brain tumors and creating a fertile environment for innovation and implementation of new therapies to improve survival and quality of life for our patients.
Pituitary Tumor: Yanir's Story
A rare pituitary tumor threatened Yanir’s sight and his life. Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa worked with a multidisciplinary team to help get Yanir, a father and marathon runner, on the road to recovery.
To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Center at 410-955-9270.
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