What are the Treatment Choices?
There are various possible treatments for glomus tumor. The factors that help determine the best course of action depend on the patient’s age, health status, tumor size, nature and degree of symptoms, and patient preference.
Since many of these tumors grow slowly over time, small tumors may be observed for some time without treatment.
Stereotactic radiosurgery has been used for many years in this country. There are various ways to provide this radiation treatment, including gamma knife, linear accelerator, and cyber knife. In most cases, the radiation is provided in a single dose as an out-patient. The treatment does not result in tumor removal but the tumor growth can be arrested for many years. Depending on the size of the tumor, the swallowing, voice, and shoulder function can often be preserved, but may decline over time. The facial nerve can be injured as a result of treatment but the risk of injury is very low.