This is Linda in Texas. My husband, Larry, is scheduled for his surgery on November 6. Will be translab and they are going to stay away from the swallowing nerve. It is a large tumor and they are "going to cut the head and the tail off it". He has already had Gamma Knife which did not do anything positive for this tumor but make it sticky and possibly more difficult to remove. It is so good to get on here and read something positive from someone. The waiting is really getting to both of us. Thank you all. It is just so good to hear something positive from someone who has been through this ordeal. Keep us updated. We need to hear from you.