University of Minnesota Health Cancer Care provides you with multidisciplinary, comprehensive and compassionate care to treat cancers of the head and neck. Our physicians have been national leaders in research, including clinical trials, giving you access to the most current medical treatments.
Skull base tumors can be especially difficult to treat because they are so close to the brain, major blood vessels, and your sinus and optic nerves. When surgery is recommended, our head and neck surgeons work closely with their colleagues in neurosurgery to perform the operation, and utilize minimally invasive procedures when possible.
One minimally invasive option is endonasal endoscopic surgery for tumors located in and around your sinuses or at the base of your skull. This eliminates external incisions, while allowing surgeons to see and access deep lesions, and decreases complications from the surgery. We perform as many as 100 endoscopic endonasal skull base procedures every year and are one of the few treatment centers in the United States to offer this treatment. This procedure results in less blood loss, less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and a faster return to normal life compared to traditional open surgery.