Disease Information

Brain Tumor: Craniopharyngioma

What is a craniopharyngioma?

Craniopharyngioma is a tumor found on or near the brain.

These tumors are usually part solid and part fluid-filled. They may grow and press against parts of the brain; optic nerves; and fluid-filled spaces around the brain, including the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

How common is craniopharyngioma?

What are the symptoms of craniopharyngioma?

The symptoms of craniopharyngioma vary widely according to size and location:

Other symptoms of craniopharyngioma include:

How is craniopharyngioma treated?

Craniopharyngioma treatment includes several options:

What are the survival rates for craniopharyngioma?

In the United States, the craniopharyngioma survival rate is 80% when measured 10 years after treatment. Long-term complications, such as the need for hormone replacement and problems related to brain damage, may occur.

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s craniopharyngioma 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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