This is an interesting conversation. I am 68 and was diagnosed two+ years ago with an AN on the left side that was 6mm x 6mm. As of May 17, it was 10mm x 6mm. Been taking aspirin at 325-650 mg/day for years. My neurotologist is at MA Eye and Ear, and he supervises the author of the study on the effects of anti inflammatories on AN growth, and had encouraged me to continue taking the aspirin. I had been taking it all along due to a cardio condition. Just want to add that while we have been w&w for over 2years, the lesion has grown despite taking aspirin (we are all different) and that while my symptoms had been the usual suspects: hearing loss, tinnitus, facial tingling, with mild balance issues, the symptoms have worsened over the past 6 months, especially the balance and tingling. Hearing has steadily declined, though somewhat still functional. For the first time I am considering an intervention. My doc, he is the only one I have seen about this, is suggesting SRS and i have an appt with an MGH radiation oncologist next week.
If anyone has suggestions about radiation v surgery, or a specific radiation approach over another, e.g. GK, CK, proton therapy, intensive modulated radiotherapy, etc. I would be grateful to hear from you. I would also like to know of places and physicians who are known to be among the best in treating AN. MA Eye and Ear and MGH are highly regarded, yet I know I need to talk to others before finally deciding. I am willing to travel. BTW, thanks for the insights that the tumor changing size either larger or smaller can affect balance. I am an avid outdoorsy type and for the past 11 years found a deep passion for endurance cycling that I really need to continue.