On June 6, 2016 Dr. Shea led a webinar with the Acoustic Neuroma Association on the Cognitive and Emotional Issues Associated with Acoustic Neuroma.
Dr. Shea will discuss the potential cognitive and emotional issues AN patients may experience, and why it is important for patients to have a neuropsychological evaluation prior to AN treatment. With this information, doctors are armed with a valuable baseline that can be used to discuss treatment options, make pre-treatment decisions and serve as a baseline should post-treatment rehabilitation be needed. By doing this, patients can make better mental preparations and have a better understanding and awareness of possible physical and mental issues that may affect the patient’s day-to-day functional life. Dr. Shea will also discuss the broad-based concerns for both pre- and post-treatment patients including depression and anxiety and will offer some coping mechanisms to help deal with the obstacles faced by many acoustic neuroma patients.