In 2008, Scott Hamilton received the PNA's highest honor, the Gentle Giant Award, from founder Bob Knutzen for the Olympian's work promoting pituitary awareness.Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton has always been a fighter. Over the past 21 years he’s fought testicular cancer and three pituitary tumors. In fact he’s living with a recurrent craniopharyngioma right now – but has decided to put off surgery and pursue a different path: healthy living. And it appears to be working.
Hamilton’s two most recent brain scans, in February and then December 2017, actually show that the tumor is shrinking. Hamilton, a devout Christian, calls it a divine miracle. “This doesn’t really happen,” he says, “I give all glory to God on this one. There are many talented people in the medical community but this is one they are having a hard time explaining.”
Almost 40 years ago he lost his mother to cancer and has faced a string of life-threatening illnesses himself. In 1997 he beat testicular cancer. In 2004 Hamilton underwent radiation to battle the first appearance of his craniopharyngioma. It recurred six years later and he had gamma knife surgery in 2010. Then after another six years, it recurred again, in 2016.
This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Kevin C.J. Yuen, a neuroendocrinologist and Medical Director of the Pituitary Program at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in the management of hypothalamic-pituitary disorders.
Dr. Yuen received his medical degree from University of Sheffield, UK. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Southampton, UK, clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology at University of Cambridge, UK, and two clinical and research
A study looks at the outcomes and complications of the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) performed on patients with Cushing’s Disease at the UPMC Pituitary Center over the past 11 years. It was published by PNA members Paul Gardner and Juan Fernandez-Miranda and their coauthors Samuel Shin, Jason Ng, Amir Faraji, Nitin Agarwal, Srinivas Chivukula, Carl Snyderman, and Sue Challinor. The authors, from UPMC Departments of Neurosurgery, Medicine, and Otolaryngology, research remission rates, hormone levels, and complications with this procedure.
This month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights work done by PNA members Drs. Maria Koutouriousiou, Paul Gardner, and Juan Fernandez-Miranda.
A study featured in the Journal of Neurosurgical Science presents the advantages and limitations of transsellar/transtuberculum surgery for craniopharyngiomas. Coauthors include PNA members Juan Fernandez-Miranda, and Paul Gardner, along with colleauges Maria Koutourousiou, Eric Wang and Carl Snyderman. The UPMC group from the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Otolaryngology addresses potential contraindications of the approach in light of the proximity of this tumor to vital neurovascular structures often involving the pituitary stalk.
An article in medical Express looks at claims by the University of Manchester that they have developed a gene test for growth hormone deficiency that will be much more reliable than existing tests, and will thus cut down on the need for repeat tests and speed up diagnosis, while reducing costs. The new test could be available in 2-5 years. Read more here: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-gene-growth-hormone-deficiency.html
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