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Gamma Knife Radiation
« on: April 16, 2008, 07:11:09 am »
Although I have not posted many threads on this discussion board, I felt that I should make those aware of treatment and 'progress.' Yesterday I went to the New England Gamma Knife Center in Providence and had my "golfing buddy" hit with the big gahunna. I must say that Dr. Georg Noren and his staff were truly professional and that each ray went 300 yards down the middle of the fairway and either parred, birdied, or eagled each 'hole.' When they got to the green it was simply a matter of one-putting and it was the best score anyone could have played. So far, as of today, none of the balls have gone into the woods, bunkers, water or rough.

I appreciated all the information that all of you posted on my 'scorecard' as I felt that it helped me make the right decision. As most of you know, I won't know whether the results until they view my new  scorecard in another six months.

There was slight swelling where they attached the Augusta National golf helmet. I am taking it easy today and hopefully will be back in the swing of things tomorrow.

I have not had any light-headiness , but am somewhat tired from this round.

Again, I cannot thank all of you enough for your input. Even those who had their own postings which didn't pertain to my choice were of great help.


Rich Bialeck

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Re: Gamma Knife Radiation
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2008, 07:19:21 am »
Hi Rich,

Sounds like you won the open!!!! I like your analogy but bet the AN did not ;)

I am trying to decide between CK and GK so I will be looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Get rest and congrats for getting to this milestone.

Mary
Diagnosed March 24, 2008, 1.1cm, right side, "Goldie" - small but mighty!! :-(
Hearing, lottsa balance problems and a few facial twitches before CK
CK June 2, 2008, BNI in PHX, Drs Daspit/Kresl, side effects,steroids helped. Getting "sea legs".
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2008, 07:35:19 am »
Congratulations Rich. and thanks for the smile!  You almost make it sound enjoyable (radiation I mean).

Betsy
15mm left side AN, diagnosed 4/25/07, radiosurgery via Trilogy 8/22/07.  Necrosis & shrinkage to 12.8mm April 2009

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2008, 07:50:01 am »
Rich, congratulations!  Ya know, I have never heard anything but fantastic info re: Dr. Noren. I know he's top of the line in the New England area for GK.. and understand that he is on the cutting edge of doing certain procedures via GK (ie: fractionated GK, etc).  You are in great hands and tickled that its now a done deal.

Welcome to the world of "posties" :)

BTW, as a kid, I was one of the rotten kids that use to steal golf balls off the local golf course... and have been chased, many a-time, by those looking for them while driving in their "boogie carts"    ;D

Again, congrats!
Phyl
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2008, 02:17:55 pm »
BTW, as a kid, I was one of the rotten kids that use to steal golf balls off the local golf course... and have been chased, many a-time, by those looking for them while driving in their "boogie carts"    ;D

Again, congrats!
Phyl
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Hey Phyl - I thought you were still doing that!!!
Sheryl "The Snowbird" - hopefully soon to be headed north.
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

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2008, 02:33:29 pm »
Hey Phyl - I thought you were still doing that!!!
Sheryl "The Snowbird" - hopefully soon to be headed north.

shhhhhh... guilty as charged :D
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2008, 02:41:36 pm »
COngrats on your treatment and keep us posted :D ;D
Ceeceek
Such is life...Finally identified...vidian nerve schwanomma, 2.8x2.8x3cm.....in the middle but under my brain.....post transphenoidal endoscopic surgery April 19th, 2007 Pre CK treatment in Sept 07.....re-arranged cavity in hopes of reducing side effects and now officially diagnosed as hard headed.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2008, 02:48:02 pm »
So happy for you and sounds like you didn't end up in a sandtrap.  And it doesn't sound like you'll have any handicap from this treatment and maybe hit a hole in one GK shot.   May you have blue skies and green fairways from here on out. 

Sue in Vancouver

And thanks for the fun post!


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 2 cm Left side
Diagnosed 3/13/06 GK 4-18-06
Gamma Knife Center of Oregon
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Re: Gamma Knife Radiation
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2008, 04:58:47 pm »
Hi Rich,
I am happy to hear you are doing so well. I was "zapped: by Dr. Noren last year. My experience with his staff (especially Beverly)was very positve.  At my six month MRI there was not much change, but I will be having my one year MRI soon and am confident that there will be more to see.
I was very tired the second day as well, but recovered very quicky.
Lisa
Lisa from Portland, Maine age 46
Diagnosed June 2006
15mm X 17mm AN right side 80% hearing loss
GK March 14,2007 Dr. Noren, Providence RI
1 Year follow-up MRI shows "slight shrinkage".
2 Year follow-up MRI shows "No Change".
3 Year follow-up MRI "stable".
BAHA surgery 4-22-09 BP100 Sept. 2009

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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2008, 11:52:55 pm »
Nice work on the extended metaphor.  8)

Nice work on the AN, too. Time to head for the clubhouse and relax. The PGA can wait.

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.

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Re: Gamma Knife Radiation
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2008, 12:46:39 pm »
Maybe PGA can stand for Post Gamma Association!

Boy, we're really reaching now! HA

Sue in Vancouver
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 2 cm Left side
Diagnosed 3/13/06 GK 4-18-06
Gamma Knife Center of Oregon
My Blog, where you can read my story.


http://suecollins-blog.blogspot.com/2010/02/hello.html


The only good tumor be a dead tumor. Which it's becoming. Necrosis!
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Re: Gamma Knife Radiation
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2008, 02:26:33 pm »
Good one Sue!

By the way I was i Vancouver for a week with my daughter last August and we fell in LOVE with your city!

Mary
Diagnosed March 24, 2008, 1.1cm, right side, "Goldie" - small but mighty!! :-(
Hearing, lottsa balance problems and a few facial twitches before CK
CK June 2, 2008, BNI in PHX, Drs Daspit/Kresl, side effects,steroids helped. Getting "sea legs".
Apr 2012 - Still glad I chose CK

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2008, 02:14:11 pm »
Rich:

Thanks for the update, Tiger.  ;)

I enjoyed the golfing references and, more importantly, I was pleased to read that your GK went smoothly and that you 'scored' well.   I'm not a golfer (unless 'mini golf' counts) so I won't seriously attempt to keep the golfing terminology in play, but I trust you'll have a good long-term recovery and be back in form soon.  :) 

Jim
4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is.  The way we cope with it is what makes the difference.

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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2008, 01:45:47 am »
Hi Mary,

I am going to bet that you were in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Not that Vancouver, Washington isn't a nice city, but..... ;D

Sue in Vancouver USA
Sue in Vancouver, USA
 2 cm Left side
Diagnosed 3/13/06 GK 4-18-06
Gamma Knife Center of Oregon
My Blog, where you can read my story.


http://suecollins-blog.blogspot.com/2010/02/hello.html


The only good tumor be a dead tumor. Which it's becoming. Necrosis!
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