Acoustic Neuroma

Overview of Acoustic Neuroma

It’s hard to find better treatment at a Palmer cancer center for any type of neuroma than at Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our team focuses on treatment of many different types of cancers and tumors, including acoustic neuroma. This is a type of non-cancerous tumor that sometimes may form on the nerve between the inner ear and the brain.

People at Risk of Acoustic Neuroma

Acoustic neuroma, also sometimes referred to as vestibular schwannoma, is sometimes hereditary, though most cases appear spontaneously. Even though those with a family history of heritable schwannoma may be at a higher risk, that does not mean a neuroma will necessarily develop.

The tumor may sit on the nerve for decades without an individual even realizing it’s there. Some people who have an acoustic neuroma in only one ear, known as a unilateral acoustic neuroma, might not even present symptoms until they are 30 or even 60 years old. Individuals who have acoustic neuromas in both ears (bilateral) most likely have had the condition since birth, in which case it is hereditary.

Treatment Options

Because the tumor grows on a nerve that is responsible for hearing and balance, the neuroma must be carefully treated or managed. There are a few different options available for patients:

  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • Observation

Removing the tumor may not be an ideal solution in every case, as doing so could lead to permanent hearing loss or loss of balance. It is vital for patients to consult a health care professional as to the best options available.

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Next Steps

The first step with acoustic neuroma is to get a proper diagnosis. After that, we can start to pursue Palmer acoustic neuroma treatment. We have a number of state-of-the-art solutions available at Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center. To learn more about how we might be able to help with acoustic neuromas, contact us at 907-707-1333.