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Back in the Symphony After Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

Stewart Rosen was beyond anxious when he learned he had a tumor the size of a walnut by his right ear. The tumor was benign. But Stewart, an accountant by day and violinist by night, worried that removing the tumor, an acoustic neuroma, might affect his ability to play music. "I'd never had any kind [...]

  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors diagnose and treat more than 600 people for acoustic neuromas.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat and hearing surgeons (neurotologists), neurologists, and neurosurgeons work with doctors trained in brain and nervous system tumor treatment (neuro-oncologists), radiation therapy (radiation oncologists), imaging (radiologists), and other areas to evaluate and treat your condition. Hearing specialists (audiologists) also will be involved in your care.
  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors treat acoustic neuromas with several approaches, including observation; stereotactic radiosurgery, hearing preservation surgery, and nonhearing preservation surgery, a surgery performed when the tumor has already permanently damaged most of the hearing in the affected ear. Nearly 400 stereotactic radiosurgeries are performed annually at Mayo Clinic.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research studying new or improved treatments for acoustic neuroma and other neurological conditions.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Dec. 24, 2014