The question and selection of further treatment for patients who relapse is dependent on many factors, including the specific type of pituitary tumor, prior treatment, visual and hormonal complications, and individual patient considerations.
When doctors announced that Sen. Edward Kennedy had a kind of brain cancer called malignant
glioma, many people hearing the news had probably never heard of the cancer.
For some, however, the diagnosis was painfully familiar. WebMD talked to
three survivors of brain cancer similar to that affecting the senator,
including two who have survived it for more than 10 years. Their advice to
Kennedy: Don't listen to statistics, and don't give up hope.
Here are their stories:
Radiation therapy for postsurgical recurrence, which offers a high likelihood of local control.
Reirradiation, which provides long-term local control and control of visual symptoms.
Treatment options under clinical evaluation:[4,5,6]
Stereotactic radiation surgery.
Current Clinical Trials
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent pituitary tumor. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
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