What is an ependymoma?
A person with an ependymoma has abnormal cells in or around the brain that multiply out of control. Over time, these cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. Ependymoma is a type of brain cancer, called a glioma. Ependymomas account for about 2 percent of brain tumors. The cause of ependymoma is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.
What are the symptoms of an ependymoma?
Symptoms of an ependymoma may include chronic headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, loss of memory, and difficulty walking. Other symptoms include localized numbness or weakness, change in vision, and seizures.
How does the doctor treat an ependymoma?
Treatment for an ependymoma includes some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
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