My 11 year old son has been diagnosed with a golf ball sized brain tum...

This sounds reasonable: a neurosurgeon who knows when not to operate is a good neurosurgeon! I wonder if this is a DNET (dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour) which is quite benign and the risks of surgery exceed the benefit: simply treat the epilepsy with drugs, unless the attacks are mild or infrequent. There is however always room for doubt about the exact nature of a lesion in the brain unless it is analysed under a microscope but that requires surgery which sometimes worsens epilepsy and in the occipital lobe can leave the patient with lifelong visual impairment. I imagine there will be further MRI scans offered over time and if the lesion remains unchanged over a few years, all well and good; if it enlarges then surgery will be considered.

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