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An acoustic neuroma (AN), also known as a vestibular schwannoma (VS) is a brain tumor. If you have one do not panic. It is benign - i.e. non-cancerous - and usually very slow growing. In fact about 50% do not grow at all. If your acoustic neuroma has just been discovered, see our newbies section which explains the main symptoms and treatment options in one short page. You have 3 options: watch & wait (do nothing but monitor), have it removed surgically or stop its growth and hopefully shrink it via radiation treatment.

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If you were recently diagnosed, barring exceptional circumstances the best strategy is to plan to have a second MRI in about 6 months to determine if the tumor is growing or not. In the meantime you can research your options and discuss them with doctors and other patients on our mailinglist.

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