🦓 Day 20, Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2022

And today, we talk about pink jeeps and ziplines…

How in the world did we get here in a Cushing’s Challenge?  I’m sliding these in because earlier I linked (possibly!) my growth hormone use as a cause of my cancer – and I took the GH due to Cushing’s issues.  Clear?  LOL

I had found out that I had my kidney cancer on Friday, April 28, 2006 and my surgery on May 9, 2006.  I was supposed to go on a Cushie Cruise to Bermuda on May 14, 2006.  My surgeon said that there was no way I could go on that cruise and I could not postpone my surgery until after that cruise.

I got out of the hospital on the day that the other Cushies left for the cruise and realized that I wouldn’t have been much (ANY!) fun and I wouldn’t have had any.

An especially amusing thread from that cruise is The Adventures of Penelopee Cruise (on the Cushing’s Help message boards).  Someone had brought a UFC jug and  decorated her and had her pose around the ship.

The beginning text reads:

Penelopee had a lovely time on Explorer of the Seas which was a five day cruise to Bermuda. She needed something to cheer her up since her brother, Tom, went off the deep end, but that’s another story!

Penelopee wanted to take in all of the sights and sounds of this lovely vessel. Every day she needed to do at least one special thing. Being a Cushie, she didn’t have enough spoons to do too much every day.

On the first day, she went sunning on the Libido deck……she didn’t last too long, only about 10 minutes. Goodness, look at her color! Do you think maybe her ACTH is too high?

Although I missed this trip, I was feeling well enough to go to Sedona, Arizona in August, 2006.  I convinced everyone that I was well enough to go off-road in a pink jeep,  DH wanted to report me to my surgeon but I survived without to much pain and posed for the header image.

In 2009, I figured I have “extra years” since I survived the cancer and I wanted to do something kinda scary, yet fun. So, somehow, I decided on ziplining. Tom wouldn’t go with me but Michael would so I set this up almost as soon as we booked a Caribbean cruise to replace the Cushie Cruise to Bermuda.

Each person had a harness around their legs with attached pulleys and carabiners. Women had them on their chests as well. In addition, we had leather construction gloves and hard hats.

We climbed to the top of the first platform and were given brief instructions and off we went. Because of the heavy gloves, I couldn’t get any pictures. I had thought that they would take some of us on the hardest line to sell to us later but they didn’t. They also didn’t have cave pictures or T-Shirts. What a missed opportunity!

This was so cool, so much fun. I thought I might be afraid at first but I wasn’t. I just followed instructions and went.

Sometimes they told us to break. We did that with the right hand, which was always on the upper cable.

After the second line, I must have braked too soon because I stopped before I got to the platform. Michael was headed toward me. The guide on the end of the platform wanted me to do some hand over hand maneuver but I couldn’t figure out what he was saying so he came and got me by wrapping his legs around me and pulling me to the platform.

After that, no more problems with braking!

The next platform was very high – over 70 feet in the air – and the climb up was difficult. It was very hot and the rocks were very uneven. I don’t know that I would have gotten to the next platform if Michael hadn’t cheered me on all the way.

We zipped down the next six lines up to 250-feet between platforms and 85-feet high in the trees, at canopy level. It seemed like it was all over too soon.

But, I did it! No fear, just fun.

Enough of adventures – fun ones like these, and scary ones like transsphenoidal surgery and radical nephrectomy!

🦓 Day 13, Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2022

UVA 2004
Cushing’s Conventions have always been special times for me – we learn a lot, get to meet other Cushies, even get referrals to endos!

As early as 2001 (or before) my pituitary function was dropping.  My former endo tested annually but did nothing to help me with the symptoms.

In the fall of 2002 my endo refused to discuss my fatigue or anything at all with me until I lost 10 pounds. He said I wasn’t worth treating in my overweight condition and that I was setting myself up for a heart attack. He gave me 3 months to lose this weight. Those 3 months included Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  Needless to say, I left his office in tears, again.

Fast forward 2 years to 2004.  I had tried for a while to get my records from this endo. He wouldn’t send them, even at doctors’ or my requests.

I wanted to go see Dr. Vance at UVa but I had no records so she wouldn’t see me until I could get them.

Finally, my husband went to the former endo’s office and threatened him with a court order. The office manager managed to come up with about 13 pages of records. For going to him from 1986 to 2001 including weeks and weeks at NIH and pituitary surgery, that didn’t seem like enough records to me.

In April of 2004, many of us from the message boards went to the UVa Pituitary Days Convention. That’s where the picture above comes in.  Other pictures from that convention are here.

By chance, we met a wonderful woman named Barbara Craven. She sat at our table for lunch on the last day and, after we learned that she was a dietitian who had had Cushing’s, one of us jokingly asked her if she’d do a guest chat for us. I didn’t follow through on this until she emailed me later. In the email, she asked how I was doing. Usually I say “fine” or “ok” but for some reason, I told her exactly how awful I was feeling.

Barbara emailed me back and said I should see a doctor at Johns Hopkins. I said I didn’t think I could get a recommendation to there, so SHE referred me. The doctor got right back to me, set up an appointment. Between his vacation and mine, that first appointment turned out to be Tuesday, Sept 14, 2004.

Just getting through the maze at Johns Hopkins was amazing. They have the whole system down to a science, moving from one place to another to sign in, then go here, then window 6, then… But it was very efficient.

My new doctor was wonderful. Understanding, knowledgeable. He never once said that I was “too fat” or “depressed” or that all this was my own fault. I feel so validated, finally.

He looked through my records, especially at my 2 previous Insulin Tolerance Tests (ITT). From those, he determined that my growth hormone has been low since at least August 2001 and I’ve been adrenal insufficient since at least Fall, 1999 – possibly as much as 17 years! I was amazed to hear all this, and astounded that my former endo not only didn’t tell me any of this, he did nothing. He had known both of these things – they were in the past records that I took with me. Perhaps that was why he had been so reluctant to share copies of those records. He had given me Cortef in the fall of 1999 to take just in case I had “stress” and that was it.

The new endo took a lot of blood (no urine!) for cortisol and thyroid stuff. I went back on Sept. 28, 2004 for arginine, cortrosyn and IGF testing.

He said that I would end up on daily cortisone – a “sprinkling” – and some form of GH, based on the testing the 28th.

For those who are interested, my new endo is Roberto Salvatori, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins

Medical School: Catholic University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship: Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University
Board Certification: Endocrinology and Metabolism, Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests: Neuroendocrinology, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders

Research Interests: Control of growth hormone secretion, genetic causes of growth hormone deficiency, consequences of growth hormone deficiency.

Although I have this wonderful doctor, a specialist in growth hormone deficiency at Johns Hopkins, in November, 2004, my insurance company saw fit to over-ride his opinions and his test results based on my past pharmaceutical history! Hello??? How could I have a history of taking GH when I’ve never taken it before?

Of course, I found out late on a Friday afternoon. By then it was too late to call my case worker at the drug company, so we had to appeal on Monday. My local insurance person also worked on an appeal, but the whole thing was just another long ordeal of finding paperwork, calling people, FedExing stuff, too much work when I just wanted to start feeling better by Thanksgiving.

As it turned out the insurance company rejected the brand of hGH that was prescribed for me. They gave me the ok for a growth hormone was just FDA-approved for adults on 11/4/04. The day this medication was approved for adults was the day after my insurance said that’s what is preferred for me. In the past, this form of hGH was only approved for children with height issues. Was I going to be a guinea pig again?

The new GH company assigned a rep for me, submitted info to pharmacy, and waited for insurance approval, again.

I finally started the Growth Hormone December 7, 2004.

Was the hassle and 3 year wait worth it?

Stay tuned when all will be revealed.

Read Dr. Barbara Craven’s Guest Chat, October 27, 2004

Thanks for reading 🙂

MaryO

💉 Helpful Doctors: Ohio

 

Many people on the message boards see Dr. Kirschner.  Here’s a short adrenal video:

 

 

When it comes to adrenal cancer care, expertise is critical. The James at Ohio State expert Dr. Lawrence Kirschner explains what you should look for and why.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute is located at 460 W. 10th Ave. on the Ohio State campus. (43210). To learn more about the OSUCCC – James visit: https://cancer.osu.edu/

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🦓 Day 3: Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2022

Sleep.  Naps.  Fatigue, Exhaustion.  I still have them all.  I wrote on my bio in 1987 after my pituitary surgery “I am still and always tired and need a nap most days. I do not, however, still need to take whole days off just to sleep.

That seems to be changing back, at least on the weekends.  A recent weekend, both days, I took 7-hour naps each day and I still woke up tired. That’s awfully close to taking a whole day off to sleep again.

In 2006, I flew to Chicago, IL for a Cushing’s weekend in Rockford.  Someone else drove us to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the day.  Too much travel, too Cushie, whatever, I was too tired to stay awake.  I actually had put my head down on the dining room table and fallen asleep but our hostess suggested the sofa instead.  Amazing that I traveled that whole distance – and missed the main event 🙁

This sleeping thing really impacts my life.  Between piano lessons, I take a nap.  I sleep as late as possible in the mornings and afternoons are pretty much taken up by naps.  I nod off at night during TV. One time I came home between church services and missed the third service because I fell asleep.

I only TiVo old tv shows that I can watch and fall asleep to since I already know the ending.

A few years ago I was doing physical therapy twice a week for 2 hours at a time for a knee injury (read more about that in Bees Knees).  I come home from that exhausted – and in more pain than when I went.  I knew it was working and my knee got better for a while, but it’s such a time and energy sapper.  Neither of which I can really spare.

Maybe now that I’m nearly 15  years out from my kidney cancer (May 9, 2006) I’ve been back on Growth Hormone again.  My surgeon says he “thought” it’s ok.  I was sort of afraid to ask my endo about it, though but he gave me the go-ahead.  I want to feel better and get the benefits of the GH again but I don’t want any type of cancer again and I certainly can’t afford to lose another kidney.

I always laugh when I see that commercial online for something called Serovital.  I saw it in Costco the other day and it mentions pituitary right on the package.  I wish I could take the people buying this, sit them down and tell them not to mess with their pituitary glands.  But I won’t.  I’ll take a nap instead because I’m feeling so old and weary today, and yesterday.

Eventually, I did restart the GH, this time Omnitrope.

And tomorrow…

🦓 Day 1: Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2022

April is always Cushing’s Awareness Challenge month because Dr. Harvey Cushing was born on April 8th, 1869.

30-posts

Thanks to Robin for this wonderful past logo!  I’ve participated in these 30 days for Cushing’s Awareness several times so I’m not quite sure what is left to say this year but I always want to get the word out when I can.

As I see it, there have been some strides the diagnosis or treatment of Cushing’s since last year.  More drug companies are getting involved, more doctors seem to be willing to test, a bit more awareness, maybe.

 


April Fool's Day

How fitting that this challenge should begin on April Fool’s Day.  So much of Cushing’s  Syndrome/Disease makes us Cushies seem like we’re the April Fool.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s the doctors who are the April Fools…

Doctors tell us Cushing’s is too rare – you couldn’t possibly have it.  April Fools!

All you have to do is exercise and diet.  You’ll feel better.  April Fools!

Those bruises on your legs?  You’re just clumsy. April Fools!

Sorry you’re growing all that hair on your chin.  That happens as you age, you know.  April Fools!

Did you say you sleep all day?  You’re just lazy.  If you exercised more, you’d have more energy. April Fools!

You don’t have stretch marks.  April Fools!

You have stretch marks but they are the wrong [color/length/direction] April Fools!

The hump on the back of your neck is from your poor posture. April Fools!

Your MRI didn’t show a tumor.  You couldn’t have Cushing’s. April Fools!

This is all in your mind.  Take this prescription for antidepressants and go home.  April Fools!

If you have this one surgery, your life will get back to normal within a few months. April Fools!

What?  You had transsphenoidal surgery for Cushing’s?  You wasted your time and money. April Fools!

I am the doctor.  I know everything.  Do not try to find out any information online. You could not have Cushing’s.  It’s too rare…  April FOOL!

All this reminds me of a wonderful video a message board member posted a while ago:

 

 

So now – who is the April Fool?  It wasn’t me.  Don’t let it be you, either!

Webinar on Dr. Friedman’s views on the Pituitary Society “Consensus” Guidelines on Cushing’s disease and new Cushing’s medicines

Although Dr. Friedman is at the forefront of Cushing’s Disease, he was not invited to be part of the Pituitary Society Consensus Guidelines on Cushing’s Disease published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology in 2021, many of his ideas on Cushing’s Disease that he has been advocating for years were included in the recent guidelines. In this informative webinar, Dr. Friedman will discuss

  1. The use of imaging for the diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease
  2. The need for multiple testing to diagnose episodic Cushing’s Disease
  3. The importance of UFC and salivary cortisol testing
  4. The use of medication trial prior to surgery
  5. The use of ketoconazole for the medication trial and longer-term treatment
  6. Dr. Friedman will also discuss new Cushing’s medications.
Sunday • April 3 • 6 PM PST

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Slides will be available on the day of the talk here. You can also click to read the consensus guidelines
There will be plenty of time for questions using the chat button.

For more information, email us at mail@goodhormonehealth.com

New Helpful Endo in Tennessee?

Has anyone seen this doctor?

CHI Memorial Medical Group Establishes CHI Memorial Endocrinology Associates

Prashanth Sekhar, MD

Prashanth Sekhar, MD

CHI Memorial Medical Group announces the opening of CHI Memorial Endocrinology Associates, a practice that provides comprehensive medical management and care for conditions like type 1 and 2 diabetes, thyroid disease, thyroid cancer and a range of metabolic, pituitary and adrenal disorders.

The practice will be led by Prashanth Sekhar, MD, a fellowship trained endocrinologist with more than 10 years’ experience helping individuals with hormone-related conditions and diseases.  Dr. Sekhar earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies.  He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.  He continued his medical training by completing a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, also from Georgia Regents University.  Dr. Sekhar is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine – Endocrinology and Metabolism and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Thyroid Association.

Tiffany Potter, APRN-BC, FNP-C, joins Dr. Sekhar at CHI Memorial Endocrinology Associates.  She earned a master of science in nursing and a master of science in nurse education from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Ms. Potter has more than 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse and has provided care as a nurse practitioner since 2015.

CHI Memorial Endocrinology Associates is located in CHI Memorial Missionary Ridge Medical Tower, 725 Glenwood Dr., Suite E-588 in Chattanooga. Call 423-206-9025 to schedule an appointment.

📞Webinar on The 20-minute Mini Back Scope Adrenalectomy (MBSA)

 

Dr. Friedman will host Tobias Carling, MD, PhD, FACS
Surgeon-in-Chief & Founder
Carling Adrenal Center
Hospital for Endocrine Surgery
www.adrenal.com
Who will talk on:
The 20-minute Mini Back Scope Adrenalectomy (MBSA)

The Carling Adrenal Center is the world’s busiest adrenal surgery center, operating on patients from all 50 states and all over the world.

Dr. Carling is the most experienced adrenal surgeon in the United States, and by far the world’s most knowledgeable surgeon-scientist when it comes to adrenal gland function and disease, adrenal tumors and cancer, and all forms of adrenal gland surgery. Dr. Carling has more experience with advanced minimally invasive adrenal and endocrine operations than any surgeon in the United States. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Carling is a significant member of both the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES).

Dr. Carling spent 17.5 years at Yale University and the Yale University School of Medicine where he served as the Chief of Endocrine Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery, Program Director of the Yale Endocrine Surgery Fellowship and the Founder & Director of the Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Laboratory, a supreme scientific program focused on the molecular pathogenesis of tumors arising in the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Dr. Carling moved his world-renowned adrenal surgery program to Tampa, Florida in early 2020 to start the Carling Adrenal Center. Here, patients needing adrenal surgery have access to the best practices and best techniques the world has to offer.

Dr. Carling works closely with Dr. Friedman and will be able to perform a Mini Back Scope Adrenalectomy with a referral from Dr. Friedman.
Sunday • November 7• 6 PM PST

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Slides will be available before the webinar and recording after the meeting at slides

Your phone/computer will be muted on entry. There will be plenty of time for questions using the chat button.
For more information, email us at mail@goodhormonehealth.com

💉 Helpful Doctors: Wisconsin

According to this article, the top rated Endocrinologists in Milwaukee, WI are:

  • Dr. Diana L. Maas, MD – is an endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism specialist
  • Dr. Elaine C. Drobny, MD – is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology
  • Dr. Brent Jones, MD – is an Endocrinology Specialist has over 12 years of experience
  • Dr. Jenna Sarvaideo, DO – specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Dr. Betiel F. Voss, MD – is a specialist in endocrinology with over 9 years of experience

Dr. Diana L. Maas, MD

Endocrinologists in Milwaukee

Dr. Diana L. Maas, MD since early 1990, has worked in the field of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. At the Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals, she earned her medical training and finished her residency and fellowship. Dr. Maas is the Director of the Pituitary Clinic and an Associate Professor of Medicine. She collaborates with neurosurgeons to treat patients with pituitary tumors as a team.

Products/Services:

Endocrinologists

LOCATION:

Address: Froedtert Hospital, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 805-3666
Websitewww.froedtert.com

REVIEWS:

“My absolute favorite MD. Dr. Maas gets to know her patients and is very thorough. Dr. Maas gave me my life back and I will always love her for that. If you want a great Endocrinologist, she’s your best bet.” – Veronica M.

Dr. Elaine C. Drobny, MD

Top Endocrinologists in Milwaukee

Dr. Elaine C. Drobny, MD is board certified in endocrinology, internal medicine, diabetes, and metabolism. Dr. Drobny graduated from the University of Arizona School of Medicine in 1977 and went on to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for her internship and residency in internal medicine. At Northwestern University Hospitals, she completed an endocrinology fellowship. Professional Research Consultants, Inc., a leader in health care research, named Dr. Drobny a “Top Performer” in their 2019 awards, which are based on overall doctor ratings from patient surveys.

Products/Services:

Endocrinologists

LOCATION:

Address: 788 N Jefferson St # 201, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 
(414) 226-4010
Website: 
www.healthcare.ascension.org

REVIEWS:

“I appreciated the thorough review of all my concerns about my health as it relates to my Osteoporosis and necessary treatment. Also, Dr. Drobny, Nurse & staff are very courteous, pleasant & punctual, very little wait time.” – Elizabeth G.

Dr. Brent Jones, MDEndocrinologists Milwaukee

Dr. Brent Jones, MD is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism specialist with over 12 years of experience. Dr. Jones has greater experience than other physicians in his area with osteoporosis and screening, thyroid disorders, and diabetes and glucose monitoring. In 2009, he received his medical degree from Dartmouth College. Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee and Ascension Columbia Saint Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee are both affiliated with him. He is now taking new patients and has stated that telemedicine appointments are acceptable.

Products/Services:

Endocrinologists

LOCATION:

Address: 788 N Jefferson St 2ND FLOOR, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 226-4010
Websitewww.healthcare.ascension.org

REVIEWS:

“Having Dr. Jones as my endocrinologist has made my life with type 1 diabetes the most enjoyable, thankful and grateful since I was diagnosed when I was a young kid. His personality is one to behold. He treats his patients with the utmost respect, and his friendliness is like him being your best friend. I appreciate that very much. I have to thank him for being the one and only doctor who I would choose to help me with my diabetes.” – Patrick Z.

Dr. Jenna Sarvaideo, DOGood Endocrinologists in Milwaukee

Dr. Jenna Sarvaideo, DO practices Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism in Evanston, as well as four other locations. Northshore University Health System Evanston Hospital, Froedtert & The Medical College Of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital Campus, and Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital are all linked with Dr. Sarvaideo.

Products/Services:

Endocrinologists

LOCATION:

Address: 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 805-3666
Websitewww.froedtert.com

REVIEWS:

“Dr. Sarvaideo is incredibly kind and caring and will do whatever she can to help. I’ve seen her for almost 3 years and I recommend her to anyone who is LGBTQ+ and looking to start their journey.” – Niki P.

Dr. Betiel F. Voss MDOne of the best Endocrinologists in Milwaukee

Dr. Betiel F. Voss MD is a specialist in endocrinology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2012, she received her bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Betiel F Voss is affiliated with many hospitals, including Aurora West Allis Medical Center, and Aurora St Lukes Medical Center and collaborates with many other doctors and specialists in the medical group Aurora Medical Group, Inc. Dr. Betiel F Voss has more than 9 years of diverse experience, especially in endocrinology.

Products/Services:

Endocrinologists

LOCATION:

Address: 2801 W Kinnickinnic River Pkwy Ste 260, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Phone: (414) 649-6780
Websitewww.care.aurorahealthcare.org

REVIEWS:

“It’s rare that I go out of my way to review a medical practitioner, but Dr. Betiel Voss deserves special recognition. She’s a caring doctor with a wonderful bedside manner. She offers proactive patient education regarding findings as well. If you’re looking for an endocrinologist, she’s worth the wait.” – Stephanie S.

🎤 4th Pituitary Update | Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Friday, October 8, 2021

7:45 am – 4:00 pm

OVERVIEW

This conference will present the newest approaches and techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary adenomas, including acromegaly and Cushing’s disease. Diagnosis and treatment will be covered from the interdisciplinary and interprofessional perspective of endocrinology, radiology, neuro-ophthalmology, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology. Didactic presentations will include case discussions. The conference format, although virtual will provide a significant opportunity for interaction with expert faculty. A simulcast of transsphenoidal surgery will occur throughout the conference with real-time discussion and case review of the progress on the day of surgery, post-op management, surveillance and follow-up care.

Participants will leave with up-to-date, practical information and written resources including: DDAVP stimulation protocol for Cushing’s disease localization, perioperative glucocorticoid and salt-water monitoring protocol, clinic note templates, laboratory testing panels, “Sick Day Rules” letter for patients with adrenal insufficiency.  These materials will have immediate clinical application and help streamline care of pituitary patients at the office and during hospitalizations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES – CME

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate a sellar mass to determine if it is a pituitary adenoma or other lesion
  • Identify the value and limits of MRI in evaluating a sellar mass
  • List the potential and limits of endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma
  • Manage, medically, a patient following endonasal surgery
  • List the different types of radiation, including linear accelerator (IMRT, Cyberknife), gamma radiation, (Gamma Knife) and proton beam
  • Treat, medically, patients who have acromegaly and Cushing’s disease
  • Apply multidisciplinary, interprofessional and interdisciplinary approach in the management of pituitary disease

LEARNING OBJECTIVES – PATIENTS

  • Upon completion of this course patients, families and advocates will be able to:
  • Identify the latest advances in pituitary tumor treatment
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the terminology and technical aspects of pituitary tumor care
  • Demonstrate patient-active behavior in working with the healthcare team to make ongoing treatment decisions

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This activity has been designed for endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, general radiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents and fellows. Additionally, patients and their caregivers, family members, advocates and members of the public who may benefit from understanding current innovative approaches to pituitary tumor care are invited.

For additional information please contact Hyacen Putmon.

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