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The most common treatment for skull base tumors is surgery. Surgery may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Because skull base tumors form at the bottom of the skull and under the brain and near critical nerves and blood vessels, it’s important to seek treatment at a cancer center that has extensive experience. 

Choosing a Skull Base Tumor Specialist in Florida

The multispecialty team in the Neuro-Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center focus solely in the treatment of skull base tumor and other brain cancers. As a high-volume cancer center, we see many skull base tumor patients, some with very rare and difficult-to-treat tumors.

Treatment Options

The specialists in our Neuro-Oncology Program meet weekly as a tumor board to review each patient’s diagnosis to collaboratively develop an individualized treatment plan. 

Treatment options will vary by:

  • Tumor type 
  • Location of tumor
  • Patient’s overall health
  • Preferences of the patient

Innovative Treatment Options

Surgery for skull base tumors can be challenging because of the difficulty in which important neuro-vascular structures in the head and neck are clustered together. For this reason, surgery is most successful when it is done by an experienced surgeon, such as the team of neurosurgeons in our Neuro-Oncology Program. Types of surgery include minimally invasive or open conventional. 

Other treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Immunotherapy
  • Clinical Trials

Why do Skull Base Patients Choose Moffitt for Treatment?

We are continuously spearheading groundbreaking research initiatives that give our patients access to emerging skull base tumor treatment options before they become available at other cancer centers. Thanks to our efforts, Moffitt is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute – the only one based in Florida.

Here are more advantages to selecting Moffitt for your skull base tumor treatment: 

Patient and Family-Centered Care

We believe in the importance of collaborating not only with our patients but also with the patient’s caregiver and family. When we work as a team, it leads to an enhanced quality of life and better outcomes. 

Traveling to Moffitt 

Traveling for cancer care should not be stressful and we are here to help make arrangements. For patients from throughout Florida requiring lodging overnight, Moffitt has partnered with several nearby hotels that provide discounted rates and/or shuttle services.

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.

If you would like to learn more about the treatment of skull base tumors at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. We guarantee that you will speak to a cancer expert within one day.

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