Craniopharyngioma - Childhood: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children are diagnosed with craniopharyngioma each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Craniopharyngioma accounts for approximately 6% of all brain tumors in children.  It is diagnosed most often between the ages of 5 and 14, but it is possible for a person of any age to be diagnosed with craniopharyngioma.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the tumor is found. The five-year survival rate for children with craniopharyngioma, as well as the 10-year survival rate, is higher than 90%.

Survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of children with this type of tumor, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with craniopharyngioma. Because the survival statistics are measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this tumor or longer-term survival rates. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics source is the National Cancer Institute.

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