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September 22, 2016

Cushing’s Disease: What Happens When Your Whole Life Changes?

by Sharmyn McGraw

As I walked into my favorite health food market I noticed Laurie, one of my closest girlfriends, hurrying to catch up with me. Laurie took one look at me and gasped. My heart sank and tears welled up in my eyes. The expression on her...

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September 16, 2016

Traveling the Extra Mile: International Patient Stories (Part 2 of 2)

by Daniel F. Kelly

We welcome patients from around the globe and invite you to contact us. Here are a few of our patients who tell their stories. Information for International Patients Juan from Chile – Pituitary Adenoma:  Finding the diagnosis was the hardest part. It took me a year;...

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September 16, 2016

Traveling the Extra Mile: In Search of Expert Care (Part 1 of 2)

by Daniel F. Kelly

Doing what it takes to get the best care Being diagnosed with a brain tumor, skull base tumor or pituitary adenoma is a frightening, life-altering event. Fortunately, treatments for all these tumor types whether cancerous or benign have advanced significantly over the last two decades. From...

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September 7, 2016

Acromegaly 101: Pituitary Patient Perspectives (Part 2 of 2)

by Sharmyn McGraw

As a patient advocate I work with many pituitary patient advocate organizations around the world.  Since my own pituitary surgery with Dr. Daniel Kelly over 16 years ago my passion has grown stronger. I’m still seeing too many patients showing acromegaly symptoms going far too long...

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September 7, 2016

Acromegaly 101: Disease Diagnosis and Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

by Daniel F. Kelly

By Daniel F. Kelly, MD,  Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, Pejman Cohan, MD, and Sharmyn McGraw This article on acromegaly is the second in a series of regular blogs on the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary adenomas and related hormonal disorders. Here we provide a brief overview of acromegaly,...

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August 29, 2016

Next Generation Radiation Treatment Comes To PNI

by Zara Jethani

While many intracranial tumors can be completely removed with surgery, others require additional treatments including chemotherapy, immuno-therapy and/or radiotherapy. Pacific Neuroscience Institute neurosurgeons work closely with radiation oncology colleagues in the treatment of these brain, skull base and pituitary tumors. Precision delivery of radiation with either...

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July 28, 2016

Cushing’s Disease 101: Not rare but perhaps rarely diagnosed…

by Daniel F. Kelly

By Daniel F. Kelly, MD,  Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, Pejman Cohan, MD, and Sharmyn McGraw This article on Cushing’s disease is the first in a series of blogs on the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary adenomas and related hormonal disorders. In these pieces we will provide a...

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June 15, 2016

PATIENT STORY: Endocrine-Inactive Pituitary Macroadenoma

by Amy Eisenberg

All In A Day’s Work In July 2015, Brent B. noticed that he was losing his peripheral vision and made an appointment with an ophthalmologist. After a battery of tests, his doctor determined that he should see a neuro-ophthalmologist. He found that Brent had damage to a portion of his optic nerve and an MRI...

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May 31, 2016

Travel Checklist for People with Cancer

by Zara Jethani

It’s time for a vacation! Taking a break can be rejuvenating and provide a lovely change of scene. Whether taking a trip a few miles away or across the country (or globe), people traveling with cancer can make their journey more enjoyable with these plan-ahead tips. General travel considerations:...

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May 6, 2016

The Pacific Neuroscience Institute Website is Here!

by Daniel F. Kelly

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new Pacific Neuroscience Institute website, www.PacificNeuro.org Since 2007, the Pacific Brain Tumor Center & Pituitary Disorders Program has been focused on providing comprehensive care and minimally invasive treatment of brain, skull base and pituitary tumors.  Over...

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