Ependymoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2018

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

Ependymoma occurs most often in young children, accounting for about 9% of all childhood brain cancers. About 200 children in the United States are diagnosed with ependymoma each year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children with ependymoma from birth to age 19 is approximately 75%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children with this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of children with this cancer 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. People should talk with their child’s doctor if they have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: American Cancer Society, Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, and the National Cancer Institute.

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