You’ll start by meeting with your doctor, who will examine you and discuss your symptoms. Your doctor may suggest imaging tests like an MRI or a CT scan, as well as a neurological exam to check your vision, hearing, balance, coordination and reflexes.
Your doctor might refer you to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) or a gland specialist (endocrinologist) to make sure that you’re not having vision or hormone problems.
Surgery is the most common treatment for a craniopharyngioma. At Aurora, we specialize in minimally invasive surgery techniques, such as the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), which involves a shorter hospital stay, quicker healing time and fewer scars than traditional brain surgery.
Radiation therapy, including CyberKnife® radiosurgery, may be recommended if the tumor is too close to your brain to remove it surgically. CyberKnife® radiosurgery is a non-invasive, robotic system that delivers high-dose radiation therapy to tumors with pinpoint accuracy. Cyberknife is a form of stereotactic radiosurgery.