Ependymoma Treatment Options

Many factors impact decisions about the treatment of ependymoma including the tumor location and grade, and the age of the person. Children and adults tolerate treatments differently, for that reason treatment for adults and treatment for pediatric patients may be very different.

Your treating doctor will determine your treatment plan. If you get a second opinion, the two doctors may have different plans. Therefore, it is important for you to understand all options and possible side effects so you can make the best decision for yourself.

Some patients choose treatment based on hospital location, but try not to limit your initial search based on this factor. Often, patients will undergo surgery at one facility and after receiving diagnosis, will seek treatment at a different facility. See our list of CERN Centers to see if there is a CERN Member at a location near you.

To make the best treatment decisions, you need to understand all of your options. One option may include a clinical trial. Learn about the basics of participating in a clinical trial. Talk to your doctor to see if a clinical trial is an option for you.

Partnering with your medical team is an important part of beginning your treatment path and determining your personal plan. Knowing what to ask your doctor and what questions to ask about treatment are the first steps in your journey through treatment.