Types and Stages

Types & Stages for Acoustic Neuroma

At our Palmer cancer center, we are able to treat a variety of cancers and tumors, including acoustic neuroma. Also known as vestibular schwannoma, this benign tumor can sometimes develop on the nerve between the brain and the inner ear. There are two different types of acoustic neuroma, but there are generally three stages of treatment for both.

Types

The first type of vestibular schwannoma affects only one ear and is referred to as a unilateral acoustic neuroma. People who suffer from this type of tumor might not have any symptoms until they are in their 30s, and some might not even present symptoms until they are 60 or older.

The second type occurs in both ears and is known as a bilateral acoustic neuroma. This type is hereditary, which means the tumor is usually present from birth.

Stages

Treatment for the different types of neuromas vary depending on the type, how advanced the tumor is, and the individual. Palmer acoustic neuroma treatment or management follows these stages:

  • Development. The acoustic neuroma grows and may or may not present symptoms such as dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss.
  • Diagnosis. Doctors rule out other possible causes of the symptoms and are able to locate the tumor on the nerve between the inner ear and the brain.
  • Treatment or Management. Based on individual cases, doctors may decide to operate, radiate, or observe the tumor.

It is important to remember that although a tumor can be alarming, acoustic neuromas are typically benign. This means they are non-cancerous. Your physician should be able to give you all of the details for your unique situation.

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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.