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How to Treat Acoustic Neuroma?
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.