My husband was recently diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma ... his tumor is 7mm x 14mm x 8mm. The ENT that diagnosed him said she was referring him to Stanford, so he made an appointment (4 weeks out -- the wait has not been easy) for April 3rd, which we are anxiously awaiting. This weekend we received the insurance approval for the referral -- but it's to UCSF, not to Stanford. Aggravating, to say the very least.
He's going to make some calls tomorrow to be sure this isn't just some clerical mix-up. In the meantime, I've looked at the websites for both centers and, while I know that isn't the best way to judge a medical team, its not obvious that one is better than the other. Both seem to have teams specifically geared toward AN treatment. Obviously, since we have the appointment at Stanford we'd like to go there (and his ENT's opinion is that Stanford is the better facility); but if we're going to have to fight with insurance companies to be at Stanford, we want to be sure its a fight worth undertaking. UCSF is slightly more convenient for us in terms of location, but that's not a huge factor.
Does anyone on here have experience (bad or good) at either Stanford or UCSF? Would you recommend, or not recommend, either? We are expecting that surgery will be recommended (although we don't know for sure, obviously) as he is only 49, healthy, and still has a fair amount of hearing in the affected ear.