Skull Base Tumors

Signs and Symptoms of Skull Base Tumours

The skull base implies the base or floor of the cranium, the part of the skull on which the brain rests. It consists of five bones, separating the brain from the paranasal sinuses, ears, eyes, and other parts of the head.

These bones are:

Most common symptoms:

Types of Cancer

Skull base tumors arise from the cranial base or reach it from an intracranial or extracranial

Skull base is highly complex region that includes multiple bones nerves and vascular structures.
Primary tumors may arise from bones, sinuses, nasopharynx, inner ear, dura, cranial nerves
and brain. Even metastasis could be there in skull base.

Causes and Risk Factors of Skull Base Tumours

There are no obvious causes for the development of skull base tumors. Risk factors may
include –previous radiation treatment to the head, neck or brain. Exposure to chemicals
including vinyl chloride,Arsenic and herbicides are also implicated.

Screening and Diagnosis of Skull Base Tumours​

There are no screening programs for skull base cancers. But beware of early signs–

To find the cause of symptoms, a surgical oncologist evaluates a person’s medical history, performs a physical examination(nose, nasopharynx,ears,neck,neurological deficits) and orders diagnostic tests. The examination and tests conducted may vary depending on the symptoms.

Treatment of Skull Base Tumours​

Surgeries Offered

Discuss the details of surgery with your surgeon at the planning stage.

DO’s after Surgery

DON'Ts after Surgery

Clinical Trials of Skull Base Tumours​

Tumor Board/ Multispecialty Clinic Evaluation

Each and every Head & Neck cancer patient is evaluated by a special team of Surgical Oncologists (Head & Neck unit), Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Onco-pathologists and Imaging Specialists. Depending on the age, general condition, type of pathology, and stage of the disease, a custom-made treatment plan is charted out for each and every patient as per International Treatment Guidelines. (NCCN – National Comprehensive Cancer Network)

When To Contact The Treating Team?

Patient & Family

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