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Advice on Gamma Knife centers in San Diego
« on: January 20, 2007, 11:48:52 pm »
Hello everyone,

I was diagnosed with a 2.8x2.6x1.8cm AN 2 weeks ago.  After a fair amount of research, I'm 90% decided on Gamma Knife. 

I would be grateful to hear any advice on treatment options in the San Diego or Southern California areas?

Best Wishes to all.



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Re: Advice on Gamma Knife centers in San Diego
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007, 01:06:05 am »
Hi Bruce,

I just replied you in your other post.

There is a great GK Center in San Diego.
Additionally there is a CK Center in San Diego.

Check them out as they are both very reputable.  Since I live in San Diego also, I almost went with them but decided on Stanford given my tumor condition and personal preference.

Don't worry, you absolutely do not have to travel outside of San Diego for radio-treatment.  We are lucky, we have treatment venues right at our doorstep!!

Since I am in your neighborhood, please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.  There are a few of us ANers locally.  There are some treated by GK, some CK, some surgery.

One more thing, I don't think having radio-treatment will make microsurgery in a re-growth scenario more diffiult if it is in the hands of an experienced surgeon.  The challenge is to find a doctor who can provide unbiased recommendation in the best interest of the patient.

Best of luck,
« Last Edit: January 21, 2007, 01:25:59 am by marystro »
July 2006 - 22 x 18 x 20 mm
August 2006 - CK at Stanford by Dr. Chang/Dr. Soltys
February 2008 - 19 x 15 x 20 mm and stable
May 2009 - 17 x 14 x 18 mm


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Re: Advice on Gamma Knife centers in San Diego
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007, 02:57:50 pm »
Bruce -

I was diagnosed about 6 mos ago with a very small 2.6mm AN.  I'm with Dr. O'Leary and Dr. Sanjay Gosch at Alvarodo Medical Centers.
I've been advised by Dr. Gosch to go with GammaKnife and I am also leaning in that direction.

Someone here posted this link that has some very positive things to say about GammaKnife treatment.

Of course you can find info on both sides for any of the treatments available.  Bottom line is it's up to you. 

I also sent my scans up to House Clinic in LA for a free consultation.  Which I received from a Dr. Delacruz.  He recommended middle fossa surgery because he felt
my tumor was so small that they could easily deal with it.

I like the idea of leaving my head closed the way God made it but we'll see.

Good luck with your decision.