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How can radiation therapy help in treating pituitary gland tumors?

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Radiation therapy destroys the tumor with high energy X-rays. It’s helpful when surgery can’t remove the whole tumor, or if the tumor returns and medicine doesn’t improve your symptoms. There are different types of radiation, from a high dose you get just once through a very precise process (doctors call this “stereotactic radiosurgery”) to smaller doses you get several times a week for 4 to 6 weeks.

From: What Are Pituitary Gland Tumors? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Pituitary Adenomas.”

American Cancer Society: “Pituitary Tumors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pituitary Tumors.”

UCLA Health: “Pituitary Adenomas.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 21, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Pituitary Adenomas.”

American Cancer Society: “Pituitary Tumors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pituitary Tumors.”

UCLA Health: “Pituitary Adenomas.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on February 21, 2017

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