I had my GK in November of 2003 for a 1.8 cm tumor. The only symptoms I had were hearing loss and tinnitus in my left ear. After treatment there is a 35% chance that your tumor will swell after the radiation...I fell into that category. My doc told me that the tumor was reacting to the radiation.
Are you satisfied with your choice ? Yes, I still have hearing in that ear, and still can use it. My hearing level is just about the same as it was before the treatment.
Has the procedure been a success so far ? My tumor is just hanging out at the moment. It will be 3 years in November of this year. I'm now on a yearly MRI follow-up with hearing/speech recognition tests done at the same time. My tumor has shown signs of darkening in the center but has not shrunk. Although, success is not always measured by shrinkage of the tumor...the object is to stop the growth. Not all tumors will shrink. Your doc will tell you this as well.
Has anyone had re-growth ?? or continued growth ? I guess you can say I had continued growth because of the swelling...but it is currently holding at 2.1 cm (originally was 1.8 cm)
The reason I chose the GK was after an exhaustive research effort, I decided that I wanted my treatment to 1) try and save the hearing that I had, 2) Least complications as possible, 3) Return to work as soon as possible. I had the GK on a Friday, and returned to work the following Monday. The only people that knew were my supervisors.
I hope this helped.