What are the treatments for schwannoma?
The best schwannoma treatment option depends on several factors, including the size and location of the tumor, whether the tumor is benign or malignant, and your age and overall health. Following schwannoma surgery or treatment, regular follow-ups with physical exams and imaging with your physician is recommended, since there is a chance that the schwannoma tumor may return. Schwannoma treatment options include:
- Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible.
- Radiosurgery (stereotactic radiosurgery) or gamma knife treatment that uses one high dose of radiation sent right into the cancerous tissue and causes less damage to nearby tissues. It is not actually surgery, but like surgery, it is a one-session treatment that removes the tumor.
- Radiation is used to kill off tumor cells and limit the growth of the schwannoma tumor.
- Chemotherapy involves the use of medications that stop the growth of the tumor and can be given orally or through an IV as part of your schwannoma treatment.