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Nov 22, 2016 · Anyone else diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor? in Brain Tumor

@katfred Just wanted to tell you that I reading your posts makes me realize I may need to act on a doctor’s advice. Though my regular doc and I both are hesitant about rushing into gamma knife treatment (because the radiologist’s report), I am understanding why the the neurologist I saw advised gamma knife. He said the small size makes it safer for surrounding tissue. I just don’t want to rush into this either as it is radiation.But, it sure puts things into perspective to read about everyone and their challenges with this thing. Thank you and good luck. I hope you experience relief soon. My prayers are with you.

Nov 22, 2016 · Anyone else diagnosed with acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor? in Brain Tumor

I should do more homework on how to do this site, but hopefully I am on the right path. I am symptom free, so how did they find my acoustic neuroma? In 2011, I had an unrelated severe headache, had an MRI (w/o contrast as I waived it), and it showed a 4mm or so possible menegioma. My blood test ended up revealing a parathyroid adenoma (too much calcium in blood) which was removed that year at MD Anderson by an awesome doctor. I got a hearing test, as advised after MRI, and had no problems. I had not idea I should be monitoring it. Fast forward to August of this year. I had a physical, and my doctor advised me to monitor it, and sent me for an MRI with and w/o contrast, and schwannoma/acoustic neuroma was neurologist diagnosis. What I didn’t expect was the advice of gamma knife. Doc said my tumor was small enough to do it now, but if it grows, the options are fewer. I will see a radiology oncologist next month for further info. Of course it concerns me. I have decent health for a 58-year-old. I don’t take any meds and am trying to stay clear of ever creeping up BP. Is gamma knife the way to go? I have heard of proton therapy, and MD Anderson is close by. I don’t know the major difference, and if I am even a candidate. I know I am lucky this neuroma was discovered before I had balance and hearing problems. Reading all the posts made me count my blessings on how this unfolded and the options I have. I guess I am looking for advice, information, and experiences. I have read a few already. Thanks for your time.