What Is the Survival Rate for Ependymoma?


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As of 2015, children with ependymoma have a 60 percent chance of surviving past five years, although the older the child, the better the outlook. For adults with Ependymoma, the five-year survival rate is over 65 percent, notes the Cern Foundation.

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Ependymoma is a type of brain and spinal cord tumor that is found within the central nervous system and spinal areas, according to St. Jude Children's Hospital. It is rare, occurring in only 200 people in the United States annually. Ependymoma occurs in children more than adults, ranking as the third-most-common type of brain tumor in children.

Nausea, headache, unsteady walking and vomiting are common symptoms of ependymoma. It is usually treated using chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, says St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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