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A common treatment for skull base tumor patients is surgery. Due to their location near critical nerves and blood vessels around the brain, spinal cord, head and neck, it’s crucial to select a high-skilled neurosurgeon who has experience treating skull base tumors.

Choosing a Skull Base Tumor Surgery Specialist in Florida

Moffitt Cancer Center is a high-volume cancer center and, as a result, we see many skull base tumor patients and the neurosurgeons in our Neuro-Oncology Program perform a high number of complex brain cancer surgeries and procedures.

Types of Skull Base Tumor Surgery 

Each patient is unique and our treatment team develops a treatment plan for each individual patient. Depending on the course of treatment and location of the skull base tumor, patients may have an open conventional surgery or a minimally invasive surgery

Open conventional surgery requires incisions around the face and in the skull. Parts of bone may also need to be removed so that the tumor can be reached.

Two types of minimally invasive surgeries include:

  • Endoscopic endonasal surgery - this innovative surgical technique utilizes a high-definition surgical telescope to go through the nostrils and nasal sinuses as natural corridors. This type of surgery allows safe tumor resection without incisions in the face or scalp while minimizing brain tissue retraction and manipulation. 
  • Keyhole surgery - this surgery is performed through a small and precise bone opening in the skull that minimizes damage to the surrounding scalp, muscle, and most importantly, brain tissue.

Why do Skull Base Patients Choose Moffitt for Surgery?

Thanks in part to our groundbreaking research initiatives, Moffitt is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute – the only one based in Florida. We have also been ranked the top cancer center in Florida by U.S. News and World Report. Moffitt has been included in the annual Best Hospitals list for 21 years in a row.

Here are more distinct advantages of choosing Moffitt for your treatment: 

Traveling with Ease

We understand undergoing cancer treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about travel accommodations. Moffitt has partnered with several nearby hotels that provide discounted rates, and in some cases, shuttle services, for patients from throughout Florida requiring lodging overnight. 

We also offer flexibility with several locations across the Tampa Bay area. In addition, Moffitt also has established partnerships with Memorial Healthcare System and AdventHealth.

Virtual Visits

Skull base tumor patients may qualify to receive Moffitt-quality care from the comfort of their own homes. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to virtually schedule a regular follow-up appointment, pre-visit information sessions and others. 

If you would like to learn more about skull base tumor surgery options at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.  

Skull Base Tumors