Ependymoma - Childhood

You will find information about the number of children who are diagnosed with ependymoma each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Approximately 4,820 brain and other CNS tumors will be diagnosed this year in children younger than 20 in the United States. Ependymoma occurs most often in young children, accounting for about 9% of all childhood brain cancers. About 200 children are diagnosed with ependymoma each year.However, it can be found in people of any age

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children with ependymoma from birth to age 19 is approximately 75%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with ependymoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of children with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their child’s doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.