For details about the pituitary tumor program at UCLA Health, please visit pituitary.ucla.edu.
As the second-largest pituitary tumor program on the West Coast, we deliver expert care for pituitary adenomas and other pituitary tumors. Using a team approach, our pituitary neurosurgeons work side-by-side with expert endocrinologists to deliver personalized care.
Most pituitary tumors are adenomas. This type of brain tumor is often noncancerous (benign) and slow growing. Many people live with a pituitary adenoma for years before noticing symptoms. Pituitary adenomas arise from cells in your pituitary gland, which regulate hormones that control complex processes in your body such as growth and fertility.
Our pituitary adenoma care stands apart because of our doctors’ expertise in knowing precisely when you need treatment. This approach helps you avoid unnecessary procedures while also keeping you safe from complications related to the condition.
Most pituitary adenomas develop on their own. But pituitary adenomas can also form in people with conditions affecting the glands that produce hormones (endocrine system). Such conditions are rare, though.
Pituitary adenomas cause your body to produce too many hormones, or not enough. This change can disrupt your body’s ability to complete basic functions and cause a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
Different types of brain tumors can cause similar symptoms. Some people experience symptoms similar to a brain tumor when in fact they are experiencing a central nervous system disorder, such as a stroke. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to visit the UCLA Neurology Clinic so you can receive an accurate diagnosis.
Our doctors may perform one or more tests, including:
Learn more about diagnosis and imaging.
Using a team approach, some of the nation’s best neurosurgeons, neuro-radiation oncologists and oncologists develop personalized care plans. This approach is part of the UCLA advantage and means that you’ll receive the most appropriate treatment.
You may receive one or more types of treatment:
Drawing from our broad range of treatments, we use a team approach to determine the precise therapies you need and in what order you should receive them. Meet our team.