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Are there alternative treatments for a pituitary tumor?

A "watch and wait" approach is one alternative treatment used for a pituitary tumor that is not presenting with any symptoms. A person affected by this type of tumor will schedule regular exams with their medical team and monitor the tumor to check for any signs of progression and growth. No other medical treatment is given. Alternative treatments can be used to help with the symptoms and effects of pituitary tumors. For example, acupuncture has been proven helpful in treating headaches and other types of physical pain sometimes associated with pituitary tumors.

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