You will find all kinds of opinions on here from members who attribute everything to their AN. There are certain classic AN symptoms and then there are everything under the sun that people kfetch about and blame on their AN.
You mentioned that the tumor is pressing on your brain. Did the she tell you that? If the tumor is impinging on your brain stem, it puts you in a different situation. Usually, tumors your size do not press on the brain stem.
And I would definitely prefer to have a neurosurgeon operate on me than an ear and neck specialist.
Thanks for your input. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.
Dr. Cueva is an "ear and neck" (head and neck) surgeon, so you might want to explain to him that he is not the type of Dr. that treats AN's when you get in contact with him.
Sarcasm aside, you would benefit from listening to the people who are working on your behalf, like the head and neck surgeon you saw, who does specialize in surgery of the type you are considering. They have hundreds of thousands of Dollars worth of training and they can tell you things like whether your tumor is impinging on your brain stem and yes, it does matter when it comes to treatment choices.
The way this works is this, a neurotologist (head and neck surgeon) is the person who will open you up and close you up during surgery. The neurosurgeon is the one who removes the tumor once the head and neck person gets in there. There may be exceptions to this, but this is the way it is almost always done because the head and neck people are the ones who know best how to do that part.
As for the one you already saw, she could be great, or mediocre, and if you simply don't have confidence in her, then yes get another one. The first ENT I went to, I liked, but he referred me to someone more specialized. That guy knew what he was doing, but the profanity filter will block my posting of my opinion of him, so I went to another guy who I like and is highly regarded.
If your tumor is pressing on your brain stem, then you probably are not a candidate for radiation or for prolonged watching and waiting. If it is not pressing on your brain stem, then you probably ARE a good candidate for radiation or WW.