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Ependymoma: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

Being diagnosed with ependymoma is not an automatic call for despair. Advancements in modern medicine mean that there are lots of treatments solutions that have good results.

Below, methods of ependymoma treatments are listed. By clicking on the search results, not only will you be able to find the most suitable clinics and the best specialists in this field, you will also be able to find out how much such treatments cost and book the program you are interested in online.      

Booking Health offers the following options of treatment for this diagnosis.

Diagnostic
Price from
2455.00
Chemotherapy
Price from
5425.00
Radiotherapy
Price from
14242.00
Surgical resection
Price from
15933.00
Neurorehabilitation
Price from
742.00
Neurorehabilitation
Price from
533.00
Neurorehabilitation
Price from
371.00

Best hospitals for Ependymoma treatment

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location_searchingCity: Essen

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid


With 900 beds and approximately 2,050 employees in two branches, the Alfried Krupp Hospital is one of the larger hospital institutions in Essen.

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University Hospital Münster


The University Hospital Münster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers.

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About the disease

Ependymoma is a brain tumor that originates in the ependyma, which is the thin membrane lining the ventricles of the brain and the spinal cord. A tumor may develop in either the brain or the spine and can develop slowly or fast.  Since it affects the central nervous system, the sufferer starts to notice having difficulties with learning, communicating and memorizing new things. Ependymoma can also change the sufferer’s emotional state. In rare cases, motor skills such as walking or writing could also be affected.

In adults, ependymoma most commonly develops in the cerebrum, which is an area at the top of the head. In children, ependymoma most commonly originates in the brain stem, which is responsible for sight, hearing and breathing.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this type of tumor is relatively rare, accounting for 2% of all brain tumors. Nonetheless, this is the sixth most common tumor of the brain among children, accounting for almost 30% of all pediatric tumors. Ependymoma can be caused by a genetic predisposition, previous head traumas or infections that affected the ependyma.

Symptoms

  • Lasting headaches
  • Pain in the neck
  • Loss of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Behavioral changes

Diagnosis

  • CT and MRI scans are most commonly used to diagnose this disease. They can detect cysts or strange formations in the brain or spine. 
  • Lumbar puncture is used to examine brain fluid, which can show signs of a brain tumor.
  • A biopsy of the affected tissue can confirm the diagnosis as well as determine what type of tumor it is and what stage it is at.

Treatment

  • Chemotherapy uses special high dose agents to scatter the tumorous cells. A course of chemotherapy can last several weeks to several months, depending on what stage the tumor is at. 
  • Radiotherapy uses radiation to shrink the tumor as much as possible.
  • Surgical resection of the tumor is performed if the exact location has been identified and it can be removed through the open incision.