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Ependymoblastoma is a malignant pediatric tumor, which develops in the brain and mostly affects very young children. According to statistics, this tumor is rare overall, but it is second most common cancer in infants after leukemia. Ependymoblastoma is a type of central nervous system tumor.
Overall, this tumor is considered to be very malignant with a 5-year prognosis of 30% for children who underwent surgery. The earlier the treatment is started, the better are the chances of recovery. Treatment of ependymoblastoma depends on the age of a child. If a child is younger than 3 years upon diagnosis of ependymoblastoma he/she can not receive radiotherapy and is advised to have surgery followed by chemotherapy. Radiotherapy is used in children who are over 3 years old. This tumor rarely develops in children over 4 years of age. This tumor is mostly diagnosed before a child is 2 years old.
Although the exact cause ependymoblastoma has not been identified yet, genetic predisposition is believed to play vital role in development of ependymoblastoma in little children. There is no prevalence for males or females.
Overall, it has been noted that children with ependymoblastoma feel better in the morning and then the symptoms, mentioned above, can appear throughout the day. Depending on the exact location of tumor in the brain vision or coordination of a child can be affected. If ependymoblastoma creates intracranial pressure, a child can have headaches.
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