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Dear friends of Aidan. This is the kind of post we had hoped we would not have to make. Steph and I have been talking with Aidanís surgeon and have spent the last day processing not only the information from the doctors, but also our own feelings before we shared the longer term prognosis. Aidanís surgery was successful from the point that Aidan did so well and the doctors were able to remove a large portion of the tumour; however, unfortunately, they were not able to remove the entire tumour. Some of the tumour remains attached to the dura, the covering between the skull and the brain. For the entire tumour to have been removed they would have to remove the portion of the dura that the tumour remained stubbornly attached which would have meant they would have to operate directly over one of the major veins to his brain. Aidanís surgeons were worried this would have lead to an aneurism and Aidan would pass away. It was their feeling during surgery from what they could tell of the tumour that it was unfortunately the type that is recurring and likely to grow again. So, they decided on a conservative course of action for the present and have sent the tumour to be analysed by a team of pathologists who will issue a report on their findings. With this information, a team of Aidanís doctors, and oncologist, etc will then decide with us the best course of action. Aidanís doctor has advised us already that there are really only three courses of action. Have additional operations, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of those three. We will not know for about two weeks what their recommendation will be and the doctors want Aidan to heal and grow strong during that time so that he will win his next battle.