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:
- Medications to suppress growth hormone production:
- Radiation therapy for acromegaly
- Surgery to remove a pituitary tumor:
- Successful in 90 percent of cases
- Pituitary hormone replacement therapy
- May be necessary after surgical removal of the pituitary tumor.
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:
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