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I had two craniotomies and received radiation treatment in 1986 for a brainstem glioma. I still have follow-up MRIs and the results have always been “no significant interval change”. I do have either remaining tumor or scar tissue that shows on the scans, but, I’ve never investigated further. Although it’s been two decades since my treatments, I worry that my “tumor” might grow. What would be my options now if it does grow?

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That would depend on how it grows and where within the brainstem it is located. All of the options still exist i.e. craniotomy, radiation, laser-assisted ablation but need to be weighed carefully in terms of the risk/benefit profile. Given that it has not grown in two decades, there is a good chance you have beat it.

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