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Is an acoustic neuroma a kind of brain cancer?

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Dr. Rodney Diaz
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Technically no. Not in the brain, and not cancer. But it often has to be removed through a craniotomy, like some types of brain cancer, and it grows very very close to the brainstem, in one of the hardest to reach areas of the skull base. It is very rare that an acoustic neuroma becomes malignant (cancer), and almost always this is after previous radiation treatment.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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