The California Center for Pituitary Disorders (CCPD) at UCSF was established four years ago as a multidisciplinary center designed to provide comprehensive care to all patients with newly diagnosed and pre-existing pituitary disorders. The program was built on decades of recognized excellence in neurosurgical care and research at UCSF.
Historically, pituitary tumors have been classified as carcinomas if they spread to other tissues in a discontinuous fashion. This implies that a metastasis confirmed and documented by biopsy must be present in a patient with a pituitary tumor before a diagnosis of cancer can be made.
There is extensive medical literature regarding the psychological manifestations of both functional and endocrine inactive pituitary tumors. Patients may experience any one of a multitude of personality and psychiatric disorders as a consequence of perturbations in homeostasis due to either excess or deficient secretion of one or more anterior pituitary hormones.