The skull base is the complex bone surface on which the brain rests. Many different tumors, noncancerous or cancerous, can arise from or extend into this area. Noncancerous tumors can still cause complications if they grow large enough and begin putting pressure on nearby areas.
When determining skull base tumor treatment, it’s paramount that the physician team has extensive training and experience dealing with this potentially complex and often rare pathology. Conservative (non-operative) and minimally invasive (Gamma Knife and endoscopic) approaches are often considered. Surgery, radiation therapy (such as Gamma Knife), chemotherapy or a combination of therapies may be used. For many tumors, Gamma Knife treatment offers an alternative to conventional surgery or can be used along with surgery to provide the best outcome.
Skull base tumors include:
Many people don’t have symptoms until the tumors become large. When they do appear, they can vary based on the tumor’s size and location. Symptoms include:
Imaging, such as computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and biopsy, may be used to diagnose skull base tumors.
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon — the latest technology for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors and neurological conditions in the brain.