Detection and Treatment

Detection & Treatment Options for Acoustic Neuroma

The first part of treating any condition is getting an accurate diagnosis. Palmer acoustic neuroma treatment begins with the professionals at Mat-Su Valley Comprehensive Cancer Center identifying the type of schwannoma in question and formulating a treatment plan based on the individual needs of the patient. We can even offer a second opinion if you already have a diagnosis. People who have a family history of acoustic neuroma can let their doctors know to watch for it. In some cases, individuals might not realize they are affected until symptoms appear.

Identifying Symptoms

There are distinct symptoms related to acoustic schwannoma due to the location of the tumor on the nerve between the brain and inner ear. In most cases, people experience

  • Ringing in the ears
  • Gradual hearing loss
  • Sense of movement or vertigo

There are some less common symptoms to be aware of as well. Some people might feel dizzy and experience headaches. There can also be pain or numbness in the face as well as pain in the ears. If you have difficulty understanding the speech around you, it might be time to get to a doctor.

Treatments

Our professionals have a few different treatment options for our patients. If the tumor is small and does not appear to be an immediate threat, we might choose to observe its progress or monitor it to make sure it remains problem free. If any issues do arise, we can make a plan from there.

We might also discuss the possibility of radiation therapy. This has the chance to reduce the size of the tumor without having the patient undergo surgery. This may be an option if surgery is too high of a risk.

Surgery is another option to completely remove the tumor. The location of the schwannoma can present a problem, which is why a surgical procedure might not always be the ideal solution. However, it is possible to remove the acoustic neuroma.

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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.