hey venus, have u ever considered getting gamma knife aka radiation first? because i still had the left hearing before i went completely deaf from surgery and so i opted for radiation because there was a chance that it could save your hearing. i was willing to take that chance. so, i first did radiation on my right since it was already deaf and if anything were to happen, it wouldn't make a big difference anyway, and luckily it did stop the tumor growth. and has since been stopped for three years. however, when i did radiation on my left tumor with the good hearing, the tumor just continued to grow causing decrease in hearing plus other problems which is why i had to get it removed.
i don't know whether i should of done radiation on the good side first to have it treated earlier or if radiation sparked the tumor to grow because i had good results on the right and so why didn't it do that on the left side, who knows. however, in the end, i still did surgery and trying other options first don't seem too bad. i think surgery should be your last option, but that's just my opinion. i also got the trans approach cuz my tumours were too large and so it would be too difficult to do the other approaches anyway. plus i don't think u get to decide which one to do, the doctors usually do the one they think is best.
anyways, i hope whatever happens it goes well.
<small>[ July 08, 2004, 10:01 AM: Message edited by: gracie79 ]</small>