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An acoustic neuroma is also known as a schwannoma, vestibular schwannoma, or neurilemmoma.
An acoustic neuroma may be observed in order to monitor its growth, or surgery may be performed. The goal of surgery is the complete removal of the tumor without harming the seventh cranial nerve (which controls facial movement) or causing hearing loss. Radiosurgery can be a viable option for many patients. This focused, high-energy radiation prevents the growth of acoustic neuromas, but actual shrinkage of the tumor may never occur or may take several months.
Please speak with your health care provider for more information about your tumor type, biomarkers, and treatment options, including clinical trials.