Thanks for the heads-up regarding the Aussie soap story line that uses 'artistic license' to grossly exaggerate the true symptoms of an acoustic neuroma tumor. You know, it's bad enough that many people who are diagnosed with an AN already (mistakenly) believe they're going to die within months or become a 'vegetable'. However, once these kinds of untruths are convincingly portrayed on TV, it establishes the fallacy in many people's minds. Unfortunately, all the facts in the world may not change that false perception when one hears the term: 'acoustic neuroma'. To my knowledge, we don't receive the show 'Neighbours' here in the U.S., but I'm not a soap opera fan and don't watch much TV, so I could be mistaken. I hope not.
I believe the misunderstandings arise from the concept that since an acoustic neuroma is usually referred to as a 'brain tumor', most people simply think this is the same as having brain cancer. We know better but many do not and stupid TV show story lines that mix up brain cancer with an acoustic neuroma do everyone a disservice. My brother-in-law died of brain cancer in 2005. It was painful and heartbreaking for my sister, who saw her husband of 22 years slowly lose the ability to speak or move, as he lay dying in his bed, at home, where he had requested he be allowed to live out his last days. Once you have been close to that situation - brain cancer - having an acoustic neuroma,(a benign tumor between the skull and the brain) although no walk in the park, by any means, can be handled with a certain degree of equanimity. It is not malignant and it can be successfully treated with surgery, radiation and sometimes both. I'm living proof of that.
Even so, I resent TV writers - in Australia or anywhere else - abusing their 'artistic license' to fabricate horrible symptoms and deadly outcomes for those who suffer from having an acoustic neuroma tumor. The reality of having an acoustic neuroma tumor to deal with is bad enough without some stupid TV show disseminating fictitious information and giving the public false impressions about AN tumors. I hope this doesn't happen here in the U.S. If it did, I would expect the ANA to erect a wall of complaint and offer stiff resistance to the misinformation and not allow 'artistic license' excuses to win the day.