Ependymoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2021

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children and teens 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 5% of all childhood brain cancers. Approximately 240 children and young adults under the age of 19 in the United States will be diagnosed with ependymoma this year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children and teens live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children and teens with ependymoma from birth to age 19 is 83%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children and teens with ependymoma 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. 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 2013–2017 (published October 2020) and the American Cancer Society website (sources accessed January 2021).

The next section in this guide is Medical Illustrations. It offers drawings of body parts often affected by ependymoma. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.