Pituitary Innovation and Teaching

General image on pituitary tumours The Interdisciplinary Pituitary Disorders Centre of Excellence team at St Michael's Hospital welcomes you to our website! This website is for people with pituitary disorders and their families. It is designed to provide you with general information about pituitary tumors, as well as with information to help you understand how your pituitary disorder will be diagnosed and treated at St Michael's Hospital.

What is the pituitary gland?

The human body has many glands in it and these glands make hormones. Hormones help the body work. The pituitary gland is a small, pea-sized gland at the base of your brain. The pituitary gland is often called the “master” gland because it controls other glands in the body. The pituitary gland controls other glands including the thyroid gland, the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes.

The hormones that the pituitary gland makes are involved in:

  • how the body grows
  • menstrual cycles
  • how the body digests food (your metabolism)
  • temperature and energy control
  • making breast milk
  • the balance of water in our bodies.

Pituitary tumours can affect these processes.

Image of the Pituitary Research team at St. Michael's Hospital.
The Pituitary Research Team at St. Michael's Hospital.

 

Page last updated: November 22, 2016