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International Patients September 21, 2012

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Pituitary disorders are rare and affect individuals throughout the United States and the world. Finding an experienced medical professional can be difficult due to the complexity and variety of symptoms associated with pituitary tumors. Many times, patients diagnosed with pituitary disorders must cross international borders to seek the best care.

Traveling to a foreign country adds to the stress and complication for the patients and their caregivers, which is often overwhelming. At Barrow, we understand the need to facilitate proper diagnostic tests and appropriate treatment in a streamlined and comprehensive manner. This allows you and your family to focus on the treatment and recovery process rather than logistics.

Please check out our International Patient Program for more information.

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

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Helping Patients & Caregivers Connect September 12, 2012

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Hello Pituitary Community,

Our team appreciates the need for patients & their caregivers to connect with others experiencing similar challenges in a safe and convenient setting.

Due to the huge interest in the pituitary community we will begin hosting patient support group meetings this fall. This will include presentations from our Pituitary Center specialists followed by patient and caregiver interaction. If you are interested in helping facilitate these meetings at any level please contact me directly. Details coming soon!

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

How to select a physician and/or hospital for your care September 4, 2012

Posted by mvarlan in Medicine and Health, Pituitary Disease, Uncategorized.
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Subspecialty programs like the Barrow Pituitary Center unite numerous medical disciplines (neurosurgery, neurology, neurological rehabilitation, etc.) to provide complex diagnostic testing, treatment planning, and evaluation. In addition to ensuring the highest standard of care, the collaboration between these groups fosters a sense of encouragement and comfort to patients needing a collection of qualified individuals within different specialties in one location.

Barrow is one of the few institutions in the country that can offer these comprehensive services to people from all parts of the world. At the Barrow Pituitary Center, our highly-trained and experienced team uses medical records, radiographic tests, and other diagnostic exams to formulate a treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

Whether you are seeking a second opinion or primary care for your condition, make sure you are asking the right questions. Here are suggestions to making your search successful:

• Patients suffering from tumors of the pituitary gland can require treatment by a variety of specialists, including neurosurgeons, neurologists, endocrinologists, neuropsychologists, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, and research scientists. Do you work with a multidisciplinary team on a regular basis with expertise in this “high rent district” of the brain?
• Why is this surgery necessary?
• Are there alternative procedures and treatments? Are they available here?
• How many surgeries of this nature have you and your team performed?
• Can you show me the tumor on the MRI?
• What are the potential complications and risks of my procedure?
• What do you consider a successful outcome?
• How effective do you expect to be at eliminating all of my symptoms?
• Is it possible that I will need additional treatment?
• What is the size and location of the incision?
• Tell me about your team members and their experience with pituitary patients. Will my Insurance plan cover the cost of the procedure?
• Is your team conducting research projects in this area?

To view our comprehensive team of multidisciplinary specialists click here. (http://www.thebarrow.org/Neurological_Services/Pituitary_Center/204566)

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center