A skull base tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain at the base of the skull.
Tumors at the base of the skull – behind the eyes and nose or between the ears – can pose particular treatment challenges. Special surgical skills and expertise are required to protect the brain, as well as critical nerves and blood vessels in the brain, neck, and spinal cord.
Saint Luke’s Skull Base Tumors Program brings together expert medical staff and advanced facilities to provide the specialized treatment needed to address these complex tumors. Our neurosurgeons work collaboratively with our neurotologists, endocrinologists, ENT sinus surgeons, ophthalmologists, neurologists, and others to develop custom treatment plans for the range of benign skull base tumors.
Saint Luke’s offers:
- Advanced diagnostic imaging—one of the area’s only 3 Tesla (3T) MRIs, which gives surgeons the best picture of both tumor and healthy tissue
- Innovative surgical treatments, including minimally invasive surgery for skull base tumors and NeuroBlate®, which uses intraoperative MRI and laser to destroy previously inoperable tumors
- Cutting-edge radiation therapies, like TrueBeam™ frameless stereotactic radiosurgery
- Personalized research and clinical trials options—we screen every patient for potential matches
- Access to a team of experts. Our Brain & Spine Tumor Committee meets weekly to present, discuss, and devise the best treatment plan for each patient. We consider surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, while research nurses screen all patients for active clinical trials.
- Support and wellness services
Our Brain & Spine Tumor Program brings together specialists trained in the latest treatments for intracranial and spinal tumors. The comprehensive team includes one of the region's few neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, rehabilitation physicians, advanced practice nurses, and research nurses.
Our experts have treated hundreds of patients from all over the Kansas City region–cases ranging from routine to complex. This expertise makes all the difference for patients. Depending on the tumor type, location, its characteristics, and its grade, our team will recommend a personalized treatment plan, which could consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the three.