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Tumors at the skull base involve delicate blood vessels, nerves and other structures. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to serious consequences, such as blindness and stroke. Fortunately, the University of Chicago Medicine offers aggressive treatment strategies that reduce these risks with the goal of preserving function and quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, head and neck surgeons and radiation oncologists works with each patient, providing personalized care and attention to determine the best course of action. As a result, our patients benefit from the most advanced therapies, as well as the combined skill and collaborative decision-making of these experts.
UChicago Medicine is home to a comprehensive Brain Tumor Center, where renowned experts offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment options. Our neurosurgeons and otolaryngology-head and neck surgeons specialize in skull base surgical techniques, operating near the base of the skull while preserving healthy tissues and brain-stem functions.
Skull base lesions often encroach on neurovascular structures. Serious blood vessel problems can only be reached for effective repair through skull base surgical exposures. Our neurovascular surgery team has unmatched experience in handling vascular pathologies at the skull base, working closely with neuro-otology and neuro-endoscopy specialists.
We never stop looking for innovative ways to treat complex cerebrovascular conditions, including skull base tumors, with neurovascular involvement. Our physicians are members of national research groups, collaborating with experts from across the country to offer leading-edge treatments and promising clinical trials.