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Small AN, Treat now or wait?
foolthrottle
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:08 PM
Joined: 9/25/2013
Posts: 2


Hi All, I was diagnosed recently with a 3mm AN near my cochlea. My hearing is still good. My dilemma is deciding between watching or treating it now while it is still small. In general for small tumors next to the cochlea does anyone know what my chances for hearing preservation would be?
kevinw
Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:51 AM
Joined: 9/26/2013
Posts: 1


Hi, I am in exactly the same situation. I have a 3mm tumor near my cochlea also. I have read, that treating small tumors is better. But two neurotologist have wanted to "watch and observe" to see if it growing.
foolthrottle
Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Joined: 9/25/2013
Posts: 2


Most of my doctors have said to wait as well, due to its size. But now I'm finding out that I can lose my hearing even if it does not increase in size. I don't know why I wasn't told this before. I've been waiting since this June.
Derek
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:39 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 18


My understanding is that only enlargement of the AN would be the causation of any hearing impairment.
radsrus
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:59 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4419


Probably so but it may not be perceptible on scans

 

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JNelly
Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:43 PM
Joined: 8/17/2015
Posts: 1


I'd either treat now with Cyberknife or have it surgically removed now. I opted for Cyberknife - had mine treated in September of 2015 (3 days of treatment, 18 gray, St. Lukes in Houston). I had my second follow-up MRI in late December 2017, and the vestibular schwannoma is still growing. My hearing has been very good, but it's started to fall off and the tinnitus is like a freight train. My only regret is waiting six months before having the Cyberknife treatment - there is nothing to be gained by waiting as far as I am concerned.
 

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