Olfactory Neuroblastoma Treatments
Surgery, radiation therapy, or a combination of the two are typically used to treat these tumors.
Esthesioneuroblastomas often recur locally and may also spread to other parts of the body. Treatment that is early and aggressive produces the best prognosis.
Minimally invasive surgery
Olfactory neuroblastoma may be approached directly using Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA). This state-of-the-art, minimally invasive approach allows surgeons to access the tumor through the natural corridor of the nose, without making an open incision. Surgeons then remove the tumor through the nose and nasal cavities.
EEA surgery offers the benefits of no incisions to heal, no disfigurement, and a faster recovery time.
EEA is an appropriate treatment option for most olfactory neuroblastomas and is advantageous as it results in fewer complications than an external approach.
If you need complementary treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy, those therapies can begin soon after EEA surgery.
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy
Postoperative radiation therapy has been shown to lower the rate of recurrence.
Chemotherapy may be used in cases involving esthesioneuroblastomas that are recurrent, unresectable (not removable), or metastatic.