Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acromegaly Treatment

Treatment for acromegaly may include surgery, medication, or radiation therapy. If acromegaly is caused by a pituitary tumor that can be treated with surgery, a surgeon removes the tumor through a tiny opening in the back of one of the sinuses, behind the nose. The surgery may reduce the growth hormone levels quickly. If surgery is not a possibility, medications are used to reduce the effects of growth hormone. In most cases, medication is needed for the rest of a person's life. Radiation therapy is used to destroy tumor cells that cannot be removed with surgery.

Treatment for acromegaly may include:

Acromegaly Radiation Therapy

Radiation is delivered to the tumor by an x-ray beam from outside the body.

Radiation treatment for acromegaly may be used alone, or in combination with surgery and drug therapy.

Radiation therapy side effects include:

Acromegaly Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat acromegaly:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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