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Acoustic Neuroma – Detection & Treatment Options

Types & Stages
Detection & Treatment Options

Detecting and Treating Acoustic Neuroma

Before Phoenix acoustic neuroma treatment can begin, the doctors at Phoenix CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center must first be aware of what type of vestibular schwannoma they are dealing with. It’s difficult to treat the problem unless you know there is a problem in the first place. If you have not had the neuroma diagnosed yet, the first step is detection. The tumor may sit on the main nerve for years without exhibiting symptoms. Patients with a family history of the heritable type of condition might be able to tell doctors to be aware of the possibility. Others may not know until symptoms appear.

Symptoms to Be Aware Of

Common symptoms that tend to appear in the early stages of acoustic neuroma include tinnitus, vertigo, and gradual hearing loss. However, there are also less common signs to watch out for:

  • Dizziness
  • Pain in an ear
  • Headaches
  • Weak feeling or pain in the face
  • Numbness in the face
  • Difficulty understanding what people are saying

It is important to get in to see a qualified health care professional if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Options for Treatment

Although an acoustic neuroma is benign, you still might want to have it treated or managed. There are three general options patients have to choose from:

  • Observation: If the tumor is small or it is decided that it would cause more harm than good to remove the tumor, doctors might just choose to observe its progress.
  • Surgery: This would remove the tumor, but it also runs the risk of damaging the nerves. Because of the risk involved, it might only be used if necessary.
  • Stereotactic Radio Surgery (Radiation): This treatment may be used to shrink the tumor down.

Contact Us

Our Phoenix cancer center has a variety of options and skilled professionals at our patients’ disposal. To learn more about diagnosing and treating acoustic neuroma, contact us at 602-441-2845.


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