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Sheryl

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Re: Is Surgery after Radiation more difficult?
« Reply #45 on: February 29, 2008, 09:06:13 pm »
Got a call from Stanford (Dr. Chang's office) today.  Quite good news - he feels tumor has not changed and all is stable since the MRI done before CK.  He also feels that as long as we are finally decreasing the Decadron, if no symptoms develop such as before (loss of speech which was a focal/partial seizure) that hubby can continue on without surgery necessary at this time!!  We were quite pleased considering that being a neurosurgeon and a doc who would recommend CK, his opinion is unbiased.  The nurse (?) who called - Ami - was wonderful and very informative, taking the time to answer questions and encouraged us to e-mail or call back if we needed.  Even gave recommendation that follow-up MRI in three months would be the choice of Dr. Chang as long as hubby remains symptom free.  Given that we are 1500 miles away from where we would want surgery done, this is a relief too that we don't have to get on the phone and call the airlines. 

So, Steve, it looks like April Fool's Day MRI/follow-up will be put off  ;)
Sheryl
9th cranial nerve schwannoma - like an acoustic neuroma on another nerve. Have recently been told it could be acoustic neuroma. Only 7 mm of growth in 18 years. With no symptoms. Continuing W&W

sgerrard

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Re: Is Surgery after Radiation more difficult?
« Reply #46 on: February 29, 2008, 11:56:19 pm »
Very cool!  8)

I hope he feels better soon, and that he can continue to reduce the Decadron, or lose it all together. The report from Dr. Chang that he thinks the tumor is stable and unchanged is really good news, I think the first six months are the big hurdle. Yay for no surgery!

Enjoy your balmy warm weather. The daffodils are up here now, so I hereby declare it Spring.

Steve
8 mm left AN June 2007,  CK at Stanford Sept 2007.
Hearing lasted a while, but left side is deaf now.
Right side is weak too. Life is quiet.

Kate B

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Re: Is Surgery after Radiation more difficult?
« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2008, 09:38:00 am »
Got a call from Stanford (Dr. Chang's office) today.  Quite good news - he feels tumor has not changed and all is stable since the MRI done before CK.  He also feels that as long as we are finally decreasing the Decadron, if no symptoms develop such as before (loss of speech which was a focal/partial seizure) that hubby can continue on without surgery necessary at this time!! 
Sheryl

Awesome news from the Big Gun!
Kate
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