We are one of the few facilities in the country with a dedicated program for skull base tumors. Through our comprehensive skull base program, board-certified specialized physicians and cutting-edge treatment options offer patients the best skull base tumor care available.

The “skull base” refers to the bottom of the skull or plate of the bone upon which the brain sits. Skull base tumors may form in the areas below the skull base, such as the nasal sinus, inner ear or the bones of the skull base.

Skull base tumor symptoms and treatments

Skull base tumors can either be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) and can cause a variety of symptoms, which include:

  • Altered sense of smell
  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring sinus problems
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Weakness, numbness or pain in the face

When a patient arrives with one or more of these symptoms, our physicians may utilize a variety of diagnostic tests. We have imaging capabilities specific for skull base tumors, including CT or CAT scans, MRIs, bone scans or PET scans.

Skull base tumor treatment approach

Our clinical team treats specific skull base tumors with a variety of surgical procedures, radiation oncology treatment and chemotherapy. We offer several options for surgical removal of skull base tumors, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Open incision surgical techniques
  • Interventional neuroradiology treatment