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Childhood Ependymoma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 05/19/2014

Stages of Childhood Ependymoma



The area where the tumor is found and the child’s age are used in place of a staging system to plan cancer treatment.

Staging is the process used to find out how much cancer there is and if cancer has spread. There is no standard staging system for childhood ependymoma. Treatment is based on where the cancer is in the body and the age of the child.

The information from tests and procedures done to detect (find) childhood ependymoma is used to plan cancer treatment.

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.