Skull Base Surgery
Skull based tumors are found in the bones, cartilage, and other tissues that form the face and skull. This includes the eye sockets, top of the nose, the inner ear and the parts of the body next to and between them. These tumors can be cancerous, or benign. Finding a team of healthcare specialists who work together to develop a treatment plan is essential for successful outcomes and for each patient’s well-being, and it is the mission of BMC’s skull base surgery team.
BMC's network of experts includes:
- The Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence
- Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
- Radiation Oncology (including CyberKnife)
- Medical Oncology
- Speech Pathology
- Neuro-critical Care and Surgical Intensive Care Unit
These departments, along with other subspecialists, come together to deliver the most advanced care for patients.
The skull base surgery program offers the latest methods of traditional open and minimally invasive surgical approaches, non-surgical approaches, and combinations of treatments that are customized to each person’s needs. The team has nationally and internationally recognized experts in treating these types of problems. This includes using special cameras called endoscopes and existing openings in the head, such as the mouth and nose, to remove these tumors. Using the most innovative technology to improve patient care and help with recovery are among the team’s goals.
While the course of care varies among patients depending on the location and size of the tumor, the team strives to provide the most effective, least invasive treatment, with the least amount of pain, and to help patients quickly return to normal activity.
The program offers treatment for:
- Cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, esthesioneuroblastoma, sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC), sarcomas, lymphoma, hemangiopericytoma
- Pituitary tumors
- Vestibular schwannoma
- Facial neuroma
- All other tumors affecting the skull base
To help a patient build a personal team of experts to treat their condition, they meet with more than one doctor -- usually during their initial visit -- so that both the patient and his or her condition can be fully understood. Afterwards, the clinical team reviews the individual’s needs and develops a treatment plan with the patient.
It may seem as though there are many people working on one individual’s care team. That's why BMC offers patient navigators who work with each patient. A navigator is a person who works with the patient and his or her caregivers to follow them through the various stages of their treatment. They assist patients and their families through the complex process of consultations, diagnostic testing, treatment, and follow-up care.
Most importantly, the members of the skull base surgery program realize that illness takes a measure of control away from the person. They work to give back control to the patient, and to provide options and action to help them with their illness.