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Glioma is a general term for a group of tumours that start in the supportive tissues (glial cells) of the brain or spinal cord. They are the most common type of primary brain tumours in adults and account for about 70% of all malignant (high-grade) tumours of the central nervous system (CNS).
Ependymoma is a type of glioma that starts in cells of the ependyma, which lines the ventricles (fluid-filled spaces or cavities that connect the brain to the spinal cord) and the centre of the spinal cord. These tumours account for about 2% of all brain and spinal cord tumours.
Based on the WHO grading system, ependymomas may be classified as low-grade to high-grade (grades I–III).
The following are treatment options for ependymoma (grades I, II and III). The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with cancer. There is no known effective chemotherapy for ependymoma.
Supportive therapy is used to treat the symptoms caused by ependymomas. The following types of supportive therapy may be used:
People with ependymoma may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. For more information, go to clinical trials.
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