Other Names for this Disease
- Acoustic neurilemoma
- Acoustic neurinoma
- Acoustic neuroma
- Cellular schwannoma (histologic variant)
- Melanotic schwannoma (histologic variant)
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The best treatment options for schwannoma depends on several factors, including the size and location of the tumor; whether the tumor is benign or malignant (cancerous); and the age and overall health of the affected person. For example, standard treatment for benign schwannomas is surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. People with malignant schwannomas may also be treated with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy in addition to surgery. Because there is a chance that a schwannoma may return following surgery or treatment, regular follow-up with physical examinations and imaging should be discussed with a physician.
Last updated: 3/9/2015
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- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Schwannoma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.