A study looking at the genetics of pituitary gland tumours

 Pituitary carcinoma / Posted 4 years ago

Most tumours that start in the pituitary gland are adenomas which are non cancerous (benign). Some pituitary tumours make extra hormones that can cause symptoms. They are sometimes called neuroendocrine tumours.
Very rarely, several members of the same family have a pituitary gland tumour. We know from research that there can be a gene that is abnormal in some of these families. Researchers want to study this and other genes to understand more about how these tumours develop.
In this study, they will take blood samples from people who have a pituitary gland tumour, and from other family members.
The aim of the study is to identify genes that play a part in the development of pituitary gland tumours.
Please note – you won’t get any direct benefit from taking part in this study, nor will it affect any treatment you have. But may it help people in the future.

  • Inclusion Criteria : You can enter this trial if you have been diagnosed with a pituitary gland tumour and a member of your family also has (or has had) a pituitary gland tumour. If you are diagnosed before the age of 20, you may be asked to join the trial even if you don't have a relative who has had one of these tumours.
  • Study start date : 01/02/2007
  • Study end date : 31/01/2037
  • Wales-Based Study Contact : please speak to your clinician
  • Principal Investigator : Marta Korbonits

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