Dennis' Story

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March 20, 2012

A meningioma tumor was discovered behind my right eye in 2001. It was on my optic nerve as well. I elected to have a craniotomy to have the meningioma tumor removed. The surgery went well, but the neurosurgery team could not remove all of the tumor on my optic nerve, as it would have caused blindness in the eye. They also left a small part of the tumor that was attached to my carotid artery as it was too dangerous to remove.

After surgery, the follow-up MRI's showed no growth until 2004. Doctors determined that the tumor had started growing again, and my health care providers had decided on radiation to see if it would stop the growth. At my then age of 60, my health care providers wanted to avoid another surgery.

The radiation was given and the follow-up MRI's afterwards showed no growth until 2008. In 2008, the tumor started growing again. This time it grew more into my eye socket. This time, surgery was required, so I had it done. During this surgery, they could not save the optic nerve nor the muscle in my eye. Instead, they focused on complete removal of the tumor except in the area around the carotid artery. Surgery was done in December of 2008 and hopefully the growth has been stopped. My right eyelid stays down for now as there was muscle damage during the removal of the tumor.

Today, I watch my tumor closely by having MRI's done every 6 months, but I realize that there can be some ongoing risks of future growth. My health care providers did an excellent job! I'm thankful to them and to still be here.