Apryl Gardner Apryl vs. Tumor

First post: May 27, 2021 Latest post: Sep 2, 2021
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So, the condensed version...I've had some left ear hearing issues since 2018 (my ENT put a tube in my ear in 2019). It hasn't cleared up and I finally had a CT scan and MRI last month. They found a skull base lesion suspicious for chondrosarcoma. I've been referred to a team of doctors in Seattle (University of Washington) for surgery. I will have 3 doctors, one of which will be a neurosurgeon, since they will be working around a major artery, nerves and my very nice brain 🙄. Instead of cutting me and doing the “open approach”, the surgery will be endoscopic. They will go thru my nose, mouth and inside cheek. Side effects may be nerve damage in my cheek (loss of feeling- temporary at best, could be permanent) and possible damage to my jaw bone joint. Due to the location, we couldn’t get a biopsy, so they will test the tissue during surgery. Depending on if they get it all (negative margins) and the tissue sample, I may need radiation.

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