I saw Dr. Mason at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield today. He's young, has a nice personality, and like Dr. McKenna, he was pleased that I'd come here and done some research. He also didn't seem to be jealous of Dr. McKenna and said that Mass Eye and Ear was an excellent resource (I had told him I was seeing Dr. McKenna next week in case he was upset by the idea, but he seemed quite pleased that I was seeing more than one doctor).
Here's the rub...he thinks my tumor is slightly larger than Dr. McKenna did, and that watch-and-wait isn't a great idea. He seemed more in favor of radiation than Dr. McKenna and offered to refer me to Dr. Loeffler at Mass General, who works primarily with the proton beam these days. He also operates using the translabyrinthine approach rather than retrosigmoid, which is what Dr. McKenna would use. He showed me a view on MRI that made it look like the tumor was absolutely huge, which I hadn't noticed when I looked at the MRI myself...also, I'm a little concerned about him thinking that my tumor was approximately 2 cm when it's actually 1.6 x 1.4 x 1.3.
I definitely would prefer him to be my regular ENT in Springfield, especially if I end up getting a BAHA or other assistive device. However, I'm now torn - it would be nice to have a local doctor for this, but Dr. McKenna's examination was much more thorough and he seemed a bit more willing to listen to me - Dr. Mason didn't give me as much time to speak, although he was neither rude nor abrupt.
So - I'm still inclined to go with Dr. McKenna...but when it comes to surgery, what are the pros and cons of translabyrinthine v. retrosigmoid? I'll likely lose the hearing on the right regardless but am curious....