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Thank you for your reply, and of course you are correct in that the best answer would probably come from a medical professional.

As much as I admire his skills, my neurosurgeon is somewhat difficult to contact so perhaps I'll just talk to my primary care physician next time I see her. I just asked on this forum because I thought there might be a "standard" follow up protocol of some sort.

Again, I really appreciate your reply.
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Hello,

I think this question is best answered by a medical professional. Since everyone's case is different, even if two people have the same type of tumor, it is probably best answered by your doctor. This is something that probably varies quite a bit from person to person depending on their history, type of tumor and the success of the initial surgery.

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In March of 2012 I was 61 years old and diagnosed with a non-functional pituitary macroadenoma. In April of that year I underwent transsphenoidal surgery to have the tumor removed. All went very well and every year since I have had an MRI to check for any recurrence of the tumor. My PCP writes me a prescription for the MRI which is read by my radiology group specialist. My neurosurgeon originally stated that any recurrence would probably be very small and could be taken care of with gamma knife therapy. So far, after 4 years, fortunately no trace of recurrence has been found. So, I am now wondering if going forward I can maybe have an MRI every two years rather than annually?

I would welcome any comments.
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