May 23, 2013 - 9:19 pm
Hello everyone, I've spent a lot of time reading this forum but I still haven't found a straight answer to a very difficult question. Does anyone know the difference of time frame between a Pterional Carniotomy and just treating the tumor with radiation or chemo or both? I guess what i need to know is will it be simialar in time frames and how much risk is there for the procedure? all of the dr's I spoke to told me that because I'm left handed and my tumor is on the right hand side (and rather large closer to the bottom) I could possibly have issues with understanding and using speech, also I could possibly be forever limp on my left side as well. these would be due to surgery and would be a big deal.
I'm concerned that the surgery would take lets say 6 months of recovery (and my seizures may continue even afterwards), and the radiation/chemo would take 8 months or something. it wouldn't make sense to put myself through the extra pain, risk and money (which btw, I could get the radiation/chemo for free) if the difference would only be a couple of months. I'm sorry if this is a mess to read please let me know if there's any updates I can make to help you understand this easier