Radiosurgical Hypophysectomy for Cancer Pain

July 3rd, 2013 by

An elderly man with widely metastatic prostate cancer and severe pain in several locations. We did a ‎radiosurgical ‎hypophysectomy (noninvasive, outpatient removal of pituitary gland using radiation) and he experienced immediate, near total pain relief. After several days, he had reduced pain medication from almost 500 mg morphine equivalents per day (in severe pain) to under 360 mg morphine equivalents per day (comfortable). Another option for severe ‎cancer ‎pain.

Radiation dosing to “remove” pituitary as outpatient

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