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How to Treat Acoustic Neuroma?

Medical Treatment:
The main options are:
  • Monitoring the tumor: small tumors often just need to be monitored with regular MRI scans, and the treatments below are generally only recommended if scans show it is getting bigger.
  • Brain surgery: surgery to remove the tumor through a cut in the skull may be carried out under general anesthetic if it is large or getting bigger.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery: small tumors, or any pieces of a larger tumor that remain after surgery, may be treated with a precise beam of radiation to stop them getting any bigger.
  • All these options carry risks. For example, surgery and radiosurgery can sometimes cause facial numbness or an inability to move part of your face (paralysis).
  • Speak to your specialist about the best option for you and what the benefits and risks are.