am going in for surgery on Tuesday for Craniotomy #6. Sometimes I feel like it must be scary for new people to know that might be in their future, and so I hope this post doesn't end up causing someone to stop researching information regarding their particular situation and drive you away from the MPIP. There are plenty of people who have had 1 brain surgery and done very well, In my case my brain is very radiation sensitive, and so it is either surgery or necrosis, luckily last time it was necrosis(from previous SRS)and I am hoping the same results come through this time. It has been 2 years since I have had any evidence of disease, and it has been four since I was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor. So, if you are a newbie-this isn't a common situation and this may not end up being your situation at all. Things may well never comeback if you are stage II or III. That has been the case with many people. If they do, address one issue at a time, and go from there. First I thought melanoma was a death sentence, then I thought stage IV was a death sentence, then brain metastases were a death sentence, and so far none of that has proven to be true. Don't read into the statistics whatever you do. New therapies are coming out faster than ever, and more and more trials are adding up to improved statistics overall. I am going into surgery with a very optomistic attitude, saying my prayers and there really isn't much else I can do. Sometimes life gets out of your hands, there are some things one can control and some that one cannot. Either way, keep on planning for the future and enjoy yourself. When I first got diagnosed, I used to search this site and see tons of people dying and it scared me so much that I avoided scans as much as possible (sometimes to my own detriment) so whatever you do, remember, scans are your friends. Even if there is a bad result, the sooner you get working on it, the better your outcome will be.