Stages of Childhood Ependymoma
Key Points for This Section
- Whether any cancer cells remain after surgery.
- Whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord.
- The age of the child.
Some of the tests used to detect childhood ependymoma are repeated after the tumor is removed by surgery. (See the General Information section.) This is to find out how much tumor remains after surgery. Another procedure that may be done to find out if cancer has spread is a lumbar puncture. A lumbar puncture is a procedure used to collect cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal column. This is done by placing a needle into the spinal column. This procedure is also called an LP or spinal tap.