Brain and Skull Base Tumors
For patients with a brain tumor, surgery may be recommended for a more specific diagnosis, removal of the tumor, and control of pressure-related problems in the brain. The procedure in which a window is made in the skull to allow for the tumor to be removed is called a "craniotomy".
A craniotomy is not necessary for all patients with a suspected brain tumor. Sometimes a diagnosis can be made and the tumor removed using stereotactic, endoscopic and other minimally invasive techniques. Using advanced laser ablation and radiation delivery technology, like the Leksell Gamma Knife®, in combination with a progressive, multidisciplinary approach, the Neuro-Oncology team at Penn State Hershey is able to deliver patient care that is second to none. Being diagnosed with a brain tumor may be a big deal, but getting the right care doesn't have to be.
Advances in Treatment
Great strides have been made to advance the safety and comfort of patients with brain tumors. The Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery Team uses new techniques such as functional brain mapping and endoscopic skull base surgery, as well as advanced technology including minimally invasive surgery, image-guided surgery, and a fully functional MRI, which can be used in the operating room to perform imaging during the actual surgery.