Treatment for complex tumors at the base of the skull
Medications are often used as a first line of defense against skull base tumors or as a complimentary therapy in conjunction with radiation therapy or surgery.
Our doctors are specially trained to provide medication management of skull base tumors and understand what drugs are most appropriate to target the symptoms associated with specific types of skull base tumors.
Pituitary tumors are often treated first with drugs. With the correct combination of medications, pituitary tumors can shrink, and the symptoms associated with these tumors diminish.
Our doctors assess the size and location of the pituitary tumor in determining whether medication is the most appropriate initial treatment.
For cancerous (malignant) skull base tumors, chemotherapy is often effective for killing additional cancer cells following surgery or radiation therapy. At Duke, chemotherapy is offered as an outpatient procedure.
In addition to knowledge about current drug treatments for skull base tumors, our physician-scientists often participate in clinical studies of new medications that target skull base tumors. Patients often have access to these cutting-edge medications through participation in trials.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to make an appointment with a skull base tumor specialist.