Ependymoma is a tumor that begins in the ependyma, a tissue of the central nervous system. These tumors usually are spinal in adults and intracranial in children. An ependymoma tumor can develop from cells that line both the hollow cavities of the brain and the canal containing the spinal cord, but they usually begin in the lower back portion of the brain.
Researchers are still looking for the causes of ependymoma. Currently the cause is not known. Areas of the brain that might be affected:
General signs and symptoms of brain cancer can include:
Common symptoms of brain tumor:
Common symptoms of a spinal tumor:
Whether symptoms slowly develop over time or a fast visit to the emergency is necessary, the procedures to diagnose ependymoma are similar.
If tests indicate a possible brain tumor, a craniotomy may be performed. The neurosurgeon takes a small sample of brain tissue so a pathologist can examine the tissue. If cancer cells are discovered, the neurosurgeon will remove the tumor as much as possible while keeping healthy brain tissue safe.
An immunohistochemistry test or other pathology tests may be used to ascertain whether the tumor is a glioma or other kind of tumor.
The experienced and highly-skilled multidisciplinary treatment teams at NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery (NSPC) (NSPC) offer personalized cancer treatment plans depending on a number of factors including the type of ependymoma, the location and grade of the tumor, and the patient’s age. The board-certified expert neurosurgeons at NSPC offer world-class care in our Long Island and New York area premier medical facilities.
If the malignant cells haven’t invaded nearby tissues, surgical removal is the initial treatment step, often this will be in coordination with a biopsy.
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Powerful radiation beams target cancer cells with precision accuracy to destroy malignant cells. Our Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center has state-of-the-art technology such as Gamma Knife® and Cyberknife®.
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to kill cancer cells. A variety of medications that employ different methods may be used to target the malignant cells.
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