- Narcotic pain medication
- Seizure medication:
- Medications to control brain swelling:
- Surgery for ependymoma
- Radiation therapy for ependymoma:
- Exposing cancer cells to radiation can kill them.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery: high dose of focused radiation
- Chemotherapy for ependymoma:
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- Camptosar (CPT-11)
- Carmustine (BCNU)
- Lomustine (CCNU)
- Polifeprosan 20 with carmustine implant
- Procarbazine (Matulane)
- Temodar (Temozolomide)
Combination chemotherapy regimens may include:
Ependymoma Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of ependymoma.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Ependymoma Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses a highly-focused dose of radiation directed at a small area of the brain tumor. It requires specialized scanning equipment, and 3-dimensional imaging. Another name for this method is a gamma knife.
Gamma knife devices allow doctors to deliver a precise dose of radiation to the tumor, with a minimal effect on surrounding brain tissue.
Complications of radiation therapy may include:
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat ependymoma:
Whenever possible, treatment should include surgery to remove the entire cancer. Following surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy may be used to decrease the risk of recurrence. Some tumors are deeply embedded in the brain and surrounded by vital structures or blood vessels. This makes many tumors impossible to remove without damaging other parts of the brain.
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