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Symposium Workshops

Assessment and Rehabilitation of Cognitive Issues
This session will address issues related to subtle thinking and other mental functioning issues that sometimes arise after AN treatment.  Ideas regarding resources and strategies for approaching these problems will be discussed.

Balance Issues Pre- and Post-Op
Discussion will center on vestibular rehabilitation and effective strategies and techniques for treating balance, dizziness and walking disorders due to acoustic neuroma or acoustic neuroma treatment.

Bilateral Tumors
The treatment of bilateral tumors can be difficult with the potential loss of hearing and deafness. Explore all of the options in this workshop. Nokia theater resized

Caregivers Clinic
Discussion will focus on those who are the caregivers for acoustic neuroma patients.

Clinical Trials  
This session will provide up-to-date information on clinical trials using a variety of chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of vestibular schwannoma.

Coping and Beyond with the Emotional Impact of AN Treatment
The acoustic neuroma journey can be emotionally challenging. This workshop will review strategies for coping with the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the emotional impact of all stages.

CyberKnife, Gamma Knife, Novalis and Trilogy
This workshop will explore the different technologies available for delivering radiation, along with the pros and cons of each.

Dealing with the New Normal Group Discussion
Post-acoustic neuroma treatment, whether from surgery or radiation, can sometimes be a very difficult time.  Your life has changed and for some this can be a very tough transition.  You may be dealing with issues such as single-sided deafness, balance, facial, eye, headaches and other types of changes in your life.  Join a panel of patients for an innovative session where AN patients will share their experiences dealing with the “new normal” in a constructive discussion.  

East-West Medicine
This workshop will discuss the potential benefit of integrative East-West medicine in the management of symptoms from AN.

Headaches
Advances in the management of headaches occurring post acoustic neuroma treatment have been made and will be reviewed, including the nature of these headaches, their impact on the patient’s life and suggested therapies.

Hearing and Balance Testing:  The Basics  
This session is designed to educate patients about the testing that is done on the hearing and balance organs pre- and post-treatment.

Hearing Loss & Devices
Discussion will center on options for hearing devices to deal with hearing loss, including those for patients with partial hearing loss and single-sided deafness.

Hearing Preservation  
In this session there will be a discussion of hearing preservation in patients undergoing watch-and-wait, radiosurgery and microsurgery.

NF2
Discussion will center on particular challenges for the patient with acoustic neuroma and NF2, including treatment strategies, the role of surgery and radiation.

Non-Surgical Options for Facial Reanimation
Reanimation techniques differ depending on the length of time which has transpired between initial acoustic neuroma treatment and the intervention. Techniques for the acute phase, in the early months post-treatment, and for the chronic phase will be discussed.

Plastic Surgery for Facial Weakness
Various modalities for facial nerve rehabilitation—both static and dynamic—will be discussed.

Q&A Patient and Physician Panel—Newly Diagnosed and Untreated Patients
This session is for pre-treatment and watch-and-wait patients to discuss their treatment options with a panel of physicians.

Recurrent Tumors
Acoustic neuroma tumors occasionally may recur after treatment. This workshop will explore the surgical and radiosurgical options for treatment of recurrent tumors.

Surgical Management of Paralyzed Eyelids
There are modern techniques for restoring eye closure and blinking using the palpebral spring, and for repositioning the lower lid and mid-face with minimally invasive techniques.  Personal experience with over 2,000 such cases will be discussed.

Surgical Treatment for Facial Reanimation
Various surgical techniques have been developed to deal with obtaining full facial symmetry and function after facial nerve damage. Selecting the type of treatment, patient selection, timing of surgery and details of surgical technique will be discussed.  

Tinnitus
This workshop will cover the causes of tinnitus and management options, including the importance of tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) for acoustic neuroma patients.

Watch-and-Wait
This workshop will discuss the indications and controversies in management of acoustic neuroma through a "watch-and-wait" strategy, including when this strategy will prove reasonable to avoid the risks of treatment.

Acoustic Neuroma Introduction

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