Treatments may include medical intervention, radiation therapy, surgical intervention or a combination of these therapies.
Chemotherapy can be used as a primary or adjunctive treatment of many skull base tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery [link to the existing Novalis page], a form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered X-Rays on a small area of the body, may be used to accurately target the tumor. Radiosurgery may also be used as an adjuvant therapy following surgical removal of the tumor.
Advances in surgical techniques have revolutionized skull base surgery in the past decade. Endoscopic surgery, infection prevention methods and improved techniques for reconstruction enable surgeons to perform biopsies and removal of most skull base tumors. Stereotactic radiosurgery has become a powerful tool in treating skull base tumors. Surgical approaches to the skull base have expanded dramatically, giving doctors and their patients choices that improve outcomes.