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 140 people 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 for children under the age of 15 with craniopharyngioma is 95%.
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 this tumor in the United States. 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. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2012–2016 (published November 2019), and the National Cancer Institute website (sources accessed January 2020).
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. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.