My 11 year old son has been diagnosed

My 11 year old son has been diagnosed with a golf ball sized brain tumor in the occipital lobe-after having seizures. The Neurosurgeon would like wants to take a wait and see approach, believing it is a slow growing noncancerous tumor. We know nothing and aren't even sure what questions to ask. What aree the main risks?

Dr. Giles Elrington
Dr. Giles Elrington Neurologist Colchester
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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