Pediatric ependymoma

The latest treatments and highest level of care for your child

If your child has ependymoma, UW Health is home to a leading pediatric treatment and research team. We are part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Wisconsin's only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.


What is pediatric ependymoma?

Pediatric Ependymoma is a rare type of tumor that forms in a child’s brain or spinal cord. It starts in cells that line the ventricles (fluid-filled spaces in the brain) and the canal that holds the spinal cord. Nearly half of all ependymomas are diagnosed in children under age 3.

Signs and symptoms

Is it pediatric ependymoma?

Symptoms may include:

  • Headaches

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Trouble with balance

  • Mood changes

  • Pain or stiffness in the neck

  • Unsteady walking

  • Balance problems

  • Weak legs

  • Blurred vision

  • Trouble peeing or pooping

  • Confusion

Diagnosis of Ependymoma

Your child’s doctor will do a full physical exam and take a detailed medical history.

Additional tests might include:

Treating ependymoma

How we can help

Understanding pediatric cancer

At UW Health, we offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.

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First-class facilities

American Family Children’s Hospital

At American Family Children’s Hospital, you will find a friendly, child-centered environment. Our hospital is designed with relaxing spaces and areas where children are encouraged to play.

  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
    • Open now
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Care team

Experts caring for your child

Your child’s team will include:

  • Oncologists (cancer doctors)

  • Hematologists (blood disease doctors)

  • Nurse practitioners

  • Child Life specialists

  • Pain management specialists

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists

  • Radiologists and radiation technologists

  • Social workers

Pediatric hematology and oncology
Radiation oncology
Pediatric neurosurgery
Pediatric neurology
Pediatric neuropsychology

We care for your child as if they are our own

With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.

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Patient and support services

You’re never alone

There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.

Child Life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:

  • Health psychology

  • Hero beads

  • Hospital school

  • Positive Image Center

  • Spiritual care services

  • Tyler's Place (sibling child care)

Additional resources