Introduction

My goal in writing has been to describe—primarily for medical readers—what it's like to be on the receiving end of diagnosis and treatment for pituitary disorders. I have described our responses to diagnosis and treatment, coping strategies and social and family concerns as a way to identify specific actions and steps that medical professionals can take to ease the patient's journey through what may appear to some of us as a strange world. What patients actually do experience is conveyed here by direct quotations gathered from many pitutiary patients, including myself. While based on experience in the UK, many of the points raised are adaptable to treatment worldwide. I want to note also that where I use the term "patient" I often mean "patients and their supporters."

From: Management of Pituitary Tumors: The Clinician's Practical Guide, Second Edition Edited by: M. P. Powell, S. L. Lightman, and E. R. Laws, Jr. © Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ

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