Since the goal of radiation is to stop tumor growth, the tumor will be there (wish it becomes smaller!) and it will continue to put pressure on the nearby nerves. So it is reasonable to assume that any symptoms associated with AN will not be relieved after radiation. If that is the case, post-treatment life would be pretty miserable. I am very confusing while doing research and after talking to doctors. After reading your feedback, maybe I am wrong and good to hear that symptoms could be improved. I understand each case is unique, but what is the chance of improvement, 10%?, 50%?
Hi aecom and welcome. My daddy always taught me never to assume, so here goes....
Like Steve and others noted, "individual results may vary". I am 3 yrs post Cyberknife.... Many post-treatment issues (ie: enhanced vertigo, balance issues, tinnitus, etc), for me, alleviated approx 1 yr post treatment. I have, on very blue moon after the 1 yr anniversary, run into some ear fullness and such, but usually enhanced/triggered by seasonal allergies... or stress (which sometimes enhances my tinnitus, etc). Overall, in my case, much did ease up and some treating docs will note that some patients report diminished issues post treat... and some have not. At last check (2 mos ago), there was visible signs of tumor shrinkage in my case, but not all have it happen.
In making a decision such as ours, to me, it all boils down to the risks and which risks we are willing to confront. I knew that some risks (ie: hearing loss, enhanced symptoms, etc) could occur... and which ones I was willing to face head on. In making my decision, I weighed out the risks, which ones I was willing to go up against if they decided to occur... and knowing them in advance... if they were to occur, at least I knew about it in advanced and educated myself on how to deal best with them. For me, it has paid off... I have won against the risks.
I know you will too. Keep asking questions... research, research, research.. and again, welcome!