Craniopharyngioma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children who are diagnosed with craniopharyngioma each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

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. Approximately 160 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the tumor is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate and 10-year survival rate for children with craniopharyngioma are higher than 90%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with craniopharyngioma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of children with craniopharyngioma in the United States. People should talk with their child’s doctor if they have questions about this information. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Source: National Cancer Institute and the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States.

The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains that there are currently no known factors linked with an increased chance of developing craniopharyngioma. You may use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.