Disease Information

Brain Tumor: Ependymoma

What is ependymoma?

An ependymoma is a rare type of primary brain or spinal cord tumors. Ependymomas are found throughout the central nervous system in the supratentorial (top of the head), posterior fossa (back of the head) and spinal compartments.

These tumors affect both children and adults. They are thought to develop from certain cells that normally mature into ependymal cells. Ependymal cells line the ventricles (fluid-filled spaces in the brain) and the central canal of the spinal cord. Sometimes, ependymoma tumor cells can spread in the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

How common is ependymoma?

What are the symptoms of ependymoma?

Ependymoma causes a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms depend on the location of the cancer. If your child has an ependymoma, the following general symptoms may be present:

How is ependymoma treated?

Following surgery, radiation therapy is commonly used to kill the remaining cancer cells:

What are the survival rates for ependymoma?

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s ependymoma treatment?

Contact the Brain Tumor Team any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call our Brain Tumor Coordinator, Tabatha E. Doyle, RN:
(901) 595-2544 or
(901) 595-4599

Or email us at braintumors@stjude.org


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