Minimally invasive surgery remains the primary treatment for skull base craniopharyngioma.
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery
Orange County neurosurgeon Robert Louis, MD, specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery in the removal of craniopharyngioma. This sophisticated procedure removes the tumor while minimizing complications, hospital time, trauma, and discomfort. Dr, Louis has the specialized skills and training with this advanced technique. Read more about Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Surgery.
Radiation therapy for craniopharyngioma is recommended for some patients when surgery and medication are not sufficient to control the tumor and prevent the tumor from growing. Periodic MRI should be obtained twice a year for up to five years after the surgery or radiation and annually thereafter because craniopharyngioma tends to recur. Radiation therapy involves a highly focused dose of radiation to the tumor.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Most patients with craniopharyngioma will develop pituitary hormonal deficiencies because of the tumor or side effects of radiotherapy. Patients may undergo hormone replacement therapy, which may include thyroid, cortisol, testosterone for men, and estrogen for women. Patients should have regular hormonal evaluations and visits to endocrinologists.