Cleveland Clinic's Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center staff, along with physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology work together with neuro-ophthalmologists and other specialists to treat patients diagnosed with a variety of pituitary disorders and conditions. This multidisciplinary team treats patients with disorders affecting the pituitary gland and parasellar region, including secretory and non-secretory pituitary brain tumors, craniopharyngiomas, and other parasellar tumors, hypopituitarism, and inflammatory diseases of the neuro-endocrine system.
State-of-the-art Diagnostic and Therapeutic Capabilities
Clinicians at Cleveland Clinic's Neuro-Endocrine Center provide state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for advanced treatment of neuro-endocrine disorders such as a pituitary brain tumors, featuring such procedures as:
- High field MRI
- Functional imaging (fMRI)
- Complete endocrinologic evaluation
- Petrosal sinus sampling
- Neuro-ophthalmologic evaluation
Surgery is the most common treatment for pituitary brain tumors. Depending on the patient's case, the surgeon may choose to perform a transsphenoidal hypophysectomy to remove the tumor through an incision in the nasal passage; a craniotomy to remove the tumor through an incision in the front of the skull; or stereotactic radiosurgery using focused, high-energy gamma rays without requiring an incision.
Treatment Options for Metastic Brain Tumors
- Hormone replacement
- Dopamine agonish (prolactinoma)
- Somatostatin analog (acromegaly)
- Transsphenoidal tumor resection
- Endoscopic tumor resection
- Frameless stereotactic navigation
- Intraoperative MRI
- Microsurgical craniotomy
- Gamma Knife Perfexion – the most up-to-date stereotactic radiosurgery technology for certain brain lesions allows outpatient therapy without the need for surgical incisions or protracted hospital recovery times.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
- Conventional Radiation
- Novalis Radiosurgery