Case report of a pituitary macroadenoma treated with artemether.

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Integr Cancer Ther. 2006 Dec;5(4):391-4.

Case report of a pituitary macroadenoma treated with artemether.

Singh NP, Panwar VK.
Department of Bioengineering, Box 355061, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

INTRODUCTION:
This report describes the case of a male patient with pituitary
macroadenoma treated with the artemisinin analog artemether.
PATIENT
AND METHODS:
A 75 year-old male patient presented with vision, hearing,
and locomotion-related problems. Artemether was administered orally to
the patient over a period of 12 months.
RESULTS: Although the tumor
remained consistent in size, CT scan shows a reduction in its density,
and clinically, the related symptoms and signs resolved significantly
as therapy progressed.
DISCUSSION: Overall, the artemether treatment
was beneficial in improving the patient's quality of life. Artemether
and other artemisinin analogs offer promise for cancer therapy.