Is there a cure for pituitary tumors?

Most pituitary tumors are curable.1 If a pituitary tumor is diagnosed early, the outlook for recovery is usually excellent. However, if tumors grow large enough, or grow rapidly, they are more likely to cause problems and will be more difficult to treat.2 Lifelong treatment or follow-up is often required, however, to make sure the tumor has not returned.3


  1. Shimon, I., & Melmed, S. (1998). Management of pituitary tumors. Annals of Internal Medicine, 129, 472−483.
  2. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (2010). NINDS pituitary tumors information page. Retrieved February 28, 2012, from
  3. Melmed, S. (2011). Pathogenesis of pituitary tumors. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, 7, 257−266.
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