Ways you can help care for yourself or a loved one during and after ependymoma treatment.

Adult and Pediatric Caregivers

There is no denying the difficulty of watching a loved one go through the emotional and physical pain of being diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor. And the moment symptoms begin, your life as a caregiver begins and brings its own emotional and physical battles, as well.

This section gives you a starting point for managing your role as a caregiver.

Caring for Myself and Family

You can never be prepared for the shock of learning that you or a loved one has cancer. Battling a spinal or brain tumor is an emotional rollercoaster. Some days are good, some days are bad and some days are both.

This section gives you resources available to help you cope.

Questions to Ask About Support

Your medical team can help you better understand your overall care, including what to expect and support services available.

This section gives you a list of questions to ask your doctor about support.


The transition after the treatment of your cancer ends brings mixed emotions and new challenges to cancer survivors and their loved ones. Empower yourself by taking control of your post-treatment care.

This section provides you with the tools needed to plan for survivorship.

Patient Grief and Support

The speed and suddenness of a diagnosis can be utterly overwhelming for all involved. Normal routines, expectations, and hopes for the future are often put on hold. As you face difficult treatment decisions or learn to cope with frightening symptoms, you may feel as if you are just getting by on a day-to-day basis. The grieving process often begins at the time of diagnosis.

This section gives you a starting point for managing the difficulties of being diagnosed with an ependymoma.

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