The Nasal & Sinus Center is dedicated to the state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders

Endoscopic Resection of Sinonasal and Skull Base Tumors

What is a tumor?

A tumor is an abnormal mass lesion with progressive, uncontrolled growth. It serves no function in the body. Tumors are characterized as benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

These can occur anywhere in the body including the nose, sinus cavities, and at the skull base (the bony division between the brain and the sinus and nasal cavities). Because of progressive growth, a tumor can invade the brain, eyes and other vital structures next to the sinuses.

What is endoscopic resection?

Endoscopic resection involves the use of telescopes and cameras through the nose the reach the tumor and remove it. This type of surgery is used to avoid disfiguring external skin incisions to remove the tumor.

The Skull Base Program at UIC is dedicated to the use of minimally invasive procedures to treat sinonasal and skull base tumors.

When you are seen, we may schedule you to undergo radiographic studies such as an MRI or CT scan. You may also be seen by a Neurosurgeon, Ophthalmologist, Endocrinologist, Radiation Oncologist, or Hematologist-Oncologist for further work up of the tumor. Once we have the information we need, we will devise a treatment plan best suited to you.

Dr. Stephanie Joe is Chicagoland’s Skull Base Tumor surgeon of choice. If you have further questions, please contact us to set up an appointment.