Signs and symptoms of acromegaly reverse or disappear in remission. Although cures for acromegaly can be a lifelong condition.
Surgery can remove your hormone-secreting tumor completely or partially. Even after surgery, you may require additional therapies.
Drug therapy, an effective way to treat the symptoms of acromegaly before and after surgery, can shrink tumors in preparation for surgery. Some drugs block the production of growth hormones, others prevent growth hormone from stimulating the production of IGF-1, and via dopamine, stimulation stops GH production in people with this rare disease.
Drug and/or radiation therapy typically goes on for several years. Even after successful therapy, you may want to see your health care provider regularly to check your GH and IGF-1 levels.
To send acromegaly into remission, care providers prescribe a combination of treatments since no one series of therapies works best for everyone and
Radiation serves as the final treatment option for the treatment of the symptoms that persist after surgery and drug therapy.
Radiation can be the first treatment for patients who cannot undergo surgery, due to the size and/or the location of their tumor and offers a solution for patients with other medical conditions that interfere with the surgery or the size and/or the location of their tumor.
The majority of people who undergo radiation therapy permanently lose function of their pituitary gland. These people must take hormone replacement for the rest of their lives. Drug or radiation therapy usually goes on for years. Radiation therapy can take anywhere from 18 months to several years.