by The Welthi Bureau
Launched comprehensive Center for Skull Base Tumor at American Oncology Institute (AOI) for treatment for all skull base tumors including cancerous and non-cancerous ones for all age groups in men and women.
One of the few such centers in the twin states with a comprehensive program. A multidisciplinary team comprising head & neck specialist as well as neuro surgeon working together to execute complex skull base tumor surgeries.
Rare surgery done on a city gynecologist with computer aided image guided navigation to remove tumor that was invading brain through the nose with an incision.
High risk surgery performed on Lakshmi Surya Shetty for the 6th time to save her life.
Hyderabad, August 22, 2017: American Oncology Institute (AOI), a Hyderabad based chain of cancer hospitals founded by a group of oncologists based in Pittsburg, USA, today announced the launch of comprehensive Center for Skull Base Tumor in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The AOI unit at Nallagandla currently operates an end-to-end cancer care program providing Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Musculoskeletal Oncology program, Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant and comprehensive diagnostic services apart from Head & Neck and Brain cancers.
Skull Base Tumors
In recent times, India has seen an increase in cancer incidences due to factors such as industrialization and lifestyle changes. India has reported over 11 lakhs new cases per year and this number is expected to be around 20 lakhs by 2020. Sadly, more than 70% of these cases are reported in advanced stages, leading to poor survival rates.
Skull base tumors grow on the bones of the skull that form the bottom of the head and the body ridge behind the nose and eyes. These tumors are classified based on the subdivision of the skull into 3 regions: the anterior, middle, and posterior cranial fossae. Skull base tumors may originate from the neurovascular structures of the base of the brain and the basal meninges (e.g., meningioma, pituitary adenoma, schwannoma, paraganglioma), the cranial base itself (e.g., chordoma, chondrosarcoma), or the subcranial structures of the head and neck (e.g., paranasal sinus carcinomas).
Skull base tumors present unique challenges because of their relative rarity, typically deep location, close proximity to critical neurovascular structures. Skull base tumors are often aggressive and can claim the sufferers’ lives within a short span of time. These tumors involve high-risk surgery as the location of the tumors are close to crucial blood vessels which supply blood to the brain. Although they do not usually spread, they are locally eroding and can claim the victims’ live.
Center for Skull Base Tumor at American Oncology Institute
The Center for Skull Base Tumor at AOI is led by a specialized team of experts comprising Dr. M Babaiah, Medical Director and Consultant Radiation Oncology, Dr. Sashikanth Jonnalagadda, Consultant & Chief of Surgical Oncology (Head & Neck) and Dr. Ajay Reddy, Consultant Neurosurgeon Trained in Gamma Knife Surgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, who adopt a multidisciplinary approach. The qualified team treats both cancerous and non-cancerous skull base tumors. The team leverages evolved technology and techniques such as computer aided surgery, high definition endoscopes, minimally invasive surgery and high-speed nasal drills, to perform surgeries on all types skull base tumors for all age groups and genders. Whether the disorder is straightforward or multifaceted, AOI integrated team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists work together to understand the patient’s unique diagnosis and treatment requirements, and delivers the optimal treatment possible.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. M Babaiah, Medical Director, American Oncology Institute said “Majority of the skull base tumors spread very fast making patients report for treatment in advanced stages of the disease, resulting in delay of timely and quality medical treatment. With our comprehensive Center for Skull Base Tumor, we would be able to meet the demand for precision-driven cancer treatment in the region. Patients suffering from any skull base tumor will benefit from the most advanced technology and treatments, available at only a few locations in the country.”
Dr. Sashikanth Jonnalagadda, Consultant & Chief of Surgical Oncology (Head & Neck) at American Oncology Institute said, “Skull base is a complex anatomical area at the base of brain and upper end of the neck. As several vital structures traverse through this complex region, surgery has always been a challenge. Now with advent of new surgical techniques and state of art equipment like computer aided sugery , high definition endoscopes and high-speed nasal drills, a team of surgeons comprising ENT and Neurosurgeon can now deal with most of the diseases of this complex area in a safe and minimally invasive way.”
Dr. Ajay Reddy A., Consultant Neurosurgeon Trained in Gamma Knife Surgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, at American Oncology Institute said, “Skull based tumors are deep seated located deep inside and beneath the brain. As they are present in sensitive areas of the cranium it requires specialized approaches & techniques involving a team of surgeons spanning different areas of specialized surgical specialties and these surgeries are around central carotid artery & cranial nerves. Earlier the skull based tumors were removed by opening the skull bones or facial bones which lead to scars but now with the advent of endoscopy & navigation these tumors are removed through natural opening in the skull like mouth or nose without any scars on face. Very few centers in India provide scar-less procedures for skull based tumors and our team in AOI one among them.”
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