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How are schwannomas treated?

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Schawnnomas may not need treatment if they are not causing any symptoms. Surgery is sometimes needed if the tumor is pressing on a nerve causing pain or other problems. The most common treatment for neurofibrosarcomas is to remove them with surgery. Radiation therapy is often used after surgery to help decrease the risk of recurrence. However, surgery can be difficult if the tumor is very close to or surrounding an important nerve, because the surgeon could damage the nerve while trying to remove the tumor. In addition to surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy may also be needed. When a tumor can't be removed, high-dose radiation therapy may be used to target the tumor.

From: Neurofibrosarcoma and Schwannoma WebMD Medical Reference

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Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center: "Nerve Sheath Tumors."

The University Hospital: "Treatment of NF1."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma)."

Neville H. ; March 2003. Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Acoustic Neuroma Association: "What is Acoustic Neuroma."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.:"Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis."

Fletcher, Christopher D.M. , 3rd ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center: "Nerve Sheath Tumors."

The University Hospital: "Treatment of NF1."

Children's Hospital Boston: "Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (Neurofibrosarcoma)."

Neville H. ; March 2003. Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Acoustic Neuroma Association: "What is Acoustic Neuroma."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.:"Vestibular Schwannoma (Acoustic Neuroma) and Neurofibromatosis."

Fletcher, Christopher D.M. , 3rd ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007. Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 25, 2018

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