Acoustic Neuroma Treatment
Radiation for Acoustic Neuroma TreatmentAn alternative to conventional surgery for acoustic neuroma treatment is radiosurgery (that is, radiation therapy -- the "gamma knife" or LINAC). Radiation may be used to reduce the size or limit the growth of the tumor. Radiation therapy is sometimes the preferred option in acoustic neuroma treatment for:
- Elderly patients
- Patients in poor medical heath
- Patients with bilateral acoustic neuroma (tumor affecting both ears)
- Patients whose tumor is affecting their only hearing ear.
Acoustic Neuroma Treatment: Watchful WaitingIn some cases, usually elderly or medically infirm patients, it may be reasonable to "watch" the tumor for growth. This acoustic neuroma treatment is called watchful waiting. Repeat MRIs are used over time to carefully monitor the tumor for any growth.
Acoustic Neuroma Treatment: Remembering Questions and AnswersMany people with acoustic neuroma want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care. They want to learn all they can about acoustic neuroma and their acoustic neuroma treatment choices. However, the shock and stress after an acoustic neuroma diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Often it helps to make a list of acoustic neuroma questions before an appointment.
To help remember what the doctor says, people may take notes or ask whether they may use a tape recorder. Some also want to have a family member or friend with them when they talk to the doctor -- to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.