Brain & Skull Base Tumor Treatments

What Is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of brain tissue. Tumors may start inside your brain or in another part of the body and then travel to the brain. Malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the brain are possible.

Brain tumor symptoms can vary, but common signs include:

  • Headache
  • Loss of motor or sensory skills
  • Personality changes

At Banner Health, we use imaging, biopsies and other technology to reach an accurate diagnosis.

What Are My Treatment Options for a Brain Tumor?

If we find a brain tumor during diagnostic testing, your neurosurgeon will discuss treatment options with you. Treatments depend on the type, size and location of the tumor, and your age and overall health. Your neurosurgeon will carefully explain the best options for your care and review the risks and benefits of all procedures with you.

Common treatment options include:

  • Biopsy
  • Surgical removal
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Radiation Therapy

Hard-to-reach tumors can often be treated with a targeted form of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery. This approach doesn't require incisions or opening the skull. Instead, weak radiation is pointed at the tumor to stop its growth.

During some surgeries, a surgeon may not be able to remove the entire tumor. In these cases, radiation therapy can destroy what’s left of the tumor and reduce the risk of the tumor coming back.

No matter the treatment you choose, we offer a full range of supportive and rehabilitative care options at Banner Health.

What if I Need Surgery?

Brain Surgery

If brain surgery is the right option, our minimally invasive approaches use the latest technology and computer-guided navigation. This technology means our surgeons can remove many tumors without facial incisions and you only have a short hospital stay.

Skull Base Surgery

Our surgeons are experts in removing tumors of the nose, sinuses, pituitary gland and skull base without opening the skull. These used to be highly invasive procedures. They often required the surgeon to open up the skull. Now, minimally invasive surgery is possible, and that means less scarring and a shorter hospital stay for patients.

Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and nurses at the Center for Sinus and Skull Base Tumors provides the highest level of care, while also making advances through research and education.

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