E-news: Cognition no longer a concern after pituitary radiotherapy

A new study by Brummelman et al reports no difference in cognition using verbal memory and executive functioning tests in patients who had undergone trans-sphenoidal surgery alone (n=45) or surgery with fractionated radiotherapy (n=39) for their non functioning pituitary tumours a mean of 8.6 years post therapy.

Interestingly, both groups scored significantly lower than a healthy reference population, but this does not seem to be associated with radiation therapy.