2ND CALIFORNIA HORMONAL HEALTH & PITUITARY
SYMPOSIUM AIMS TO EDUCATE PUBLIC ABOUT MALADIES OF THE “MASTER
GLAND,” OCTOBER 22ND
John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center to Host Free Day-Long Event with Top Specialists in Endocrinology, Neurosurgery & Radiation Oncology
In its continued efforts to help raise awareness and educate patients, family members and the public about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of pituitary
disorders, the John Wayne Cancer Center at Saint John’s Health Center is hosting its 2nd California Hormonal & Pituitary Health Symposium on Saturday, October 22nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will take place at the Santa Monica College Performing
Arts Center, The Edye Second Stage, in Santa Monica CA.
“Our mission is to increase public awareness about the signs and symptoms of pituitary hormonal disorders and pituitary tumors, as well as the major advances being made in the medical and surgical treatments of these problems,” said Daniel F. Kelly, M.D., director of Saint John’s Brain Tumor Center and Pituitary Disorders Program and faculty member at John Wayne Cancer Institute. “Ounce-for-ounce, the pituitary gland is by far our most under-appreciated yet essential body part.”
Situated directly below the brain and optic nerves behind the nasal sinuses and weighing less than a gram, the pituitary is often called the "master gland" since it regulates so many critical body functions. Pituitary hormones control growth and development, sexuality and reproductive function, metabolism, the response to stress, electrolyte and water balance and quality of life. The pituitary can be affected by genetic disorders, brain trauma and by tumors that develop in and around the gland.
Pituitary dysfunction and pituitary tumors can be difficult to diagnose due to their varied symptoms. Some pituitary adenomas over-produce hormones leading to specific syndromes including acromegaly and gigantism (excess growth hormone), Cushing’s disease (excess adrenocorticotropic hormone) and prolactinomas (excess prolactin). Other conditions may cause gland failure and hormonal deficiencies that can manifest as weight gain, depression, fatigue, loss of libido, infertility, hypothyroidism, excessive hair growth and osteoporosis. Larger pituitary tumors can cause visual loss and headaches Although autopsy reports and brain imaging studies indicate as many as 1 in 5 individuals may have a pituitary tumor, the number of people with clinically significant pituitary tumors or pituitary-related hormonal disorders is uncertain.
“It is likely that millions of individuals continue
to suffer from highly treatable but undiagnosed pituitary conditions, which is why there is a tremendous need for public education about the gland and its critical role in daily life,” added Dr. Kelly.
For more information about the 2nd California Hormonal & Pituitary Health Symposium or to register for the event, please log on to www.brain-tumor.org or call Pat Fitzwater at 805-300-9154 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health
Since 1981, the John Wayne name has been committed by the Wayne family to groundbreaking cancer research and education in memory of their father, who died of cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Institute has received
worldwide acclaim for advances in melanoma (skin cancer), breast and colon cancer as well as for immune therapy of cancer. Other areas of research include prostate and liver cancer. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific
breakthroughs into innovative approaches to treatment and early detection, the JWCI provides immediate hope to cancer patients around the globe.
About Saint John’s Health Center
Since it’s founding in 1942 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Saint John’s Health Center has been providing the patients and families of Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and ocean communities with breakthrough medicine and inspired healing. Saint John’s provides a spectrum of treatment and diagnostic services with distinguished areas of excellence in oncology, spine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, women’s health, cardiac and specialized programs such as the internationally acclaimed John Wayne Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit www.newstjohns.org and www.brain-tumor.org.