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Neurosurgery: Ependymoblastoma

Ependymoblastoma is an extremely rare malignant brain tumor, which occurs mainly in young children. In most cases, it is detected during the first 5 years of life, and sometimes right after birth. Stereoscopic biopsy of the brain is used for ultimate diagnosis confirmation. Ependymoblastoma treatment involves all sorts of antineoplastic therapy, i.e. surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Surgery

Ependymoblastoma is resected to the fullest extent possible. Ideally, the entire mass of cancer cells is removed. Often, however, at the time of diagnosis, the tumor invades the adjacent brain structures, so it is removed partially. In western clinics, the tissues are excised by laser or ultrasound technology, which improves the accuracy and safety of the intervention.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is prescribed after surgery to destroy the tumor remnants and prevent the relapse. For inoperable ependymoblastomas, the radiation can be considered as the only treatment method.

In pediatric oncology, the conventional X-ray exposure has given way to proton therapy. This technology is based on tumor irradiation by proton beams at different angles. Converging at one point, the charged particles produce the desired radiation dose. At the same time, the energy is not disseminated beyond the pathological focus, which eliminates the hazards to the healthy brain tissues.

Proton therapy is performed on an outpatient basis. The treatment course typically takes a few weeks. Treatments are repeated every day, except weekends.

For partial removal or inoperable ependymoblastomas, the radiosurgery (Gamma Knife) may be used. The method implies a single tumor irradiation with a very high radiation dose. As in the case of proton therapy, the impact is focal, without damage to the surrounding tissue. The treatment results (cancer cell death and tumor necrosis) are manifested within 6 to 24 months.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy drugs are rarely prescribed for ependymoblastoma, mainly when the radiotherapy is not possible. The treatment is administered after tumor surgical removal.

In severe cases, the high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous bone marrow transplantation is possible.

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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #205099

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Muenster deals with the surgical treatment of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems.


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University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #208687

The Department of Neurosurgery is the center of excellence in research and patient care. The department consists of two sections: the Section of General Neurosurgery specializing in the treatment of diseases of the nervous system and the Section of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.


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location_searchingCity: Cologne
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HELIOS Clinic Krefeld

9.7/10 from 38 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #385598

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery offers the full range of services in this medical field.


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location_searchingCity: Krefeld

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #201833

The Department of Neurosurgery at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar is a part of the newly established “Neuro-Kopf-Zentrum” since March 2007.


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Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #359015

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery offers the full range of services in this medical field. The department specializes in the detection and surgical treatment of all diseases, malformations, injuries and other lesions of the central and peripheral nervous system.


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location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #203987

The department of neurosurgery d specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine diseases. Performing about 2500 surgeries annually, the department is considered one of the leading centers of neurosurgery in Germany.


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University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #210789

The Department of Neurosurgery specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurosurgical diseases. The department has state-of-the-art neurosurgical equipment and a team of highly qualified doctors.


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location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 95 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #210303

The Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Charite deals with the treatment of the peripheral and central nervous systems.


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location_searchingCity: Berlin
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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #204611

The Department of Neurosurgery in Schwabing treats diseases in the brain and spine. The most modern high-tech micro-surgery is used. In order to distinguish the tumour optimally, intraoperative fluorescence microscopy will be used during surgery.


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location_searchingCity: Munich

Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen-Ruettenscheid

7.4/10 from 42 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #217123

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Alfried Krupp Hospital in Essen focuses on the following tasks and areas: microsurgery, vascular brain surgery, brain tumors, skull base surgery, spinal column surgery, traumatic brain injury, peripheral nerves, pain therapy, radiosurgery.


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location_searchingCity: Essen
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Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #330631

The Department of Neurosurgery at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center specializes in the treatment of diseases of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system in children and adults. The Department is considered the leading neurosurgery facility in Israel and worldwide.


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location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #327603

The Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam Health Care Campus deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire spectrum of diseases of the central nervous system. The Department has 32 beds, including 11 neurointensive care beds.


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location_searchingCity: Haifa

University Hospital for Neurosurgery Salzburg

9.6/10 from 39 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #198521

University Clinic of Neurology specializes in the surgical treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system, its blood supply, and nerve sheaths, as well as in preoperative and postoperative care for patients.


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location_searchingCity: Salzburg

University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)

9.2/10 from 40 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #203649

The Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Munich focuses on personalized treatment plans tailored to the patient’s needs, which meet the highest medical and technical standards. Here, the therapy of neurosurgical diseases is performed with the help of leading technologies.


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location_searchingCity: Munich
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University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10 from 55 Votes

Department of Neurosurgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #205317

The Department of Neurosurgery covers the full range of neurosurgical interventions. These include surgery of brain cancer and spinal cord tumor in children and adults, skull base and pituitary surgery, treatment of neurofibromatosis, vascular malformations / aneurysms, hydrocephalus, traumatic brai...


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location_searchingCity: Tuebingen
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Clinic de Genolier Genolier

9.2/10 from 18 Votes

Department of General Surgery

Resection of ependymoblastoma #366115

Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery allows the patient to return to his or her original appearance, get rid of the age-related changes or correct some imperfections.


location_onCountry: Switzerland
location_searchingCity: Genolier




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