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Pituitary Tumors Treatment in Spain

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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About Pituitary Tumors Treatment

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is a pituitary tumor?

Tumors that arise from the pituitary gland itself are called carcinomas or adenomas. Pituitary adenomas are slow growing tumors that are benign, while pituitary carcinomas are malignant. The pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain, above the back of the nose. It is responsible for producing different hormones that affect the way various parts of the body work.


Who is at risk?

People with a family history of Carney complex, multiple endocrine neoplasia types 1 (MEN1) syndrome or isolated familial acromegaly have an increased risk of developing pituitary tumors.


Signs and symptoms that may occur include:
  • Headache
  • Some loss of vision
  • Loss of body hair
  • In women, skipping or no menstrual periods
  • Lactation in a woman who is not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Lower sex drive
  • Slowed growth and sexual development in children
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Runny or "drippy" nose
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain in the neck, face and trunk of your body, and thin arms and legs
  • Easy bruising and fragile bones
  • Joint pain
  • Sweating more than usual
  • Dysmorphophobia
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety, irritability, and depression
  • Acromegaly in adults
  • In children, the whole body can grow much larger and taller than normal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
  • Snoring or pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble sleeping

Diagnosis

Imaging studies and blood and urine tests are used to diagnose a pituitary tumor. Pituitary carcinoma is diagnosed only when there are metastases inside or outside the nervous system. The following tests and procedures may be used:

  • Physical exam and history
  • Eye exam
  • Visual field exam
  • Neurological exam
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) with gadolinium
  • Blood chemistry study
  • Blood tests
  • Urine test
  • High-dose dexamethasone suppression test
  • Low-dose dexamethasone suppression test
  • Venous sampling for pituitary tumors
  • Biopsy

Treatment

Because the pituitary gland revolves around so many of the body’s functions, a multi-disciplinary approach to tumor treatment is required to ensure the best possible outcome. Treatment options depend on the following:

  • The type and size of the tumor
  • Whether the tumor is producing excess hormones
  • What signs or symptoms the tumor is causing such as problems with vision
  • Whether the tumor has spread to the brain or to other parts of the body
  • Whether the tumor has been diagnosed for the first time or has recurred.

Surgery: Treatment of pituitary tumors usually involves removing the tumor through surgery.

Medication: Medication may be used to reduce the size of the size of the tumor without surgery.

Radiation therapy: This treatment method can be used to treat a persistent or recurring tumor that does not respond to medication, as long as the tumor is a secreting hormone. For tumors that do not secrete hormone, radiation may be used following the partial removal of the tumor if it was invasive.

Replacement hormone therapy: This is often prescribed following surgery or radiation therapy.The chance of recovery depends on the type and size of the tumor, and whether it has spread into other areas of the central nervous system, such as the brain and spinal cord or outside of the central nervous system to other parts of the body.

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