Treating Acromegaly

There are several treatment options available for acromegaly. It’s important to educate yourself about these options and talk to your doctor about what treatment may be the best for you.

Surgery

In most cases, the first treatment for acromegaly is surgery to remove the pituitary tumor. Patients whose tumors are detected early when the tumor is small are more likely to be cured by surgical removal of the tumor.

Medication

If surgery is not successful or does not return GH and IGF-1 levels to normal, people with acromegaly may require medication to reduce GH and IGF-1 levels with the goal of relieving or controlling symptoms. Common treatments available for acromegaly include:

  • Somatostatin analogs
  • Growth hormone receptor antagonist
  • Dopamine agonist

Radiation

In some cases, when surgery and medication are not effective, radiation may be recommended. Radiation can stop the pituitary tumor from growing and slowly lower the GH and IGF-1 levels.

Patients should talk to their doctor or nurse about the best ways to manage their disease.

References:

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service (NEMDIS); A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Acromegaly Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 1, 2016.