Ependymoma Research Papers

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Jill Nachtigal
Composition I
Professor Jurrens
April 20, 2017
Fighting Battles Sometimes you have to fight a battle you don’t want to fight. This happened to my uncle, who had to fight the battle of ependymoma, a type of brain cancer. Many people haven’t heard of this type of brain cancer. Before my uncle was diagnosed with it, I didn’t either. I never thought that my uncle would ever get brain cancer, but it happened. I learned a lot about this and I have researched. There are many things to learn about ependymoma, including: history, causes, physical effects, treatments and different types of ependymoma to learn about. Ependymoma is a rare type of brain or spinal cord tumors (“Ependymoma” 5). Ependymomas
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There are four sections in the brain that are called ventricles. The lateral ventricle is on the way top of the brain. The third ventricle is found before the tentorium. The tentorium is right above the fourth ventricle. The spinal cord is the last body part by the ventricles. Ependymomas usually show up in the lining of each ventricle or in the spinal cord. Ependymal cells can be found in the brain. Ependymomas can be described as soft, red or gray tumors which can hold cysts or mineral calcifications (“Ependymoma” 3). The brain is broken up between a top portion and a bottom portion. There is a membrane between them and a wide membrane that departs from the top two-thirds of the brain from the bottom third is called the tentorium (“Ependymoma” 3, 4). Now that I have given some history on ependymoma, let’s learn about the causes of…show more content…
Examples of this would be meninges which are the brain-covering membranes. Cranial nerves, pituitary gland, and pineal gland are all other examples. Cranial nerves are nerves that directly go to your brain. Pituitary glands are glands that control your hormone glands. Pineal glands are in the vertebrate of your brain. There are primary and secondary brain tumors. Primary begins when normal cells get mutations in their DNA. Mutations let cells grow and go separate ways as the rates are increasing. A mass of abnormal cells is the result of this and forms a tumor. You might not have heard of primary brain tumors as much as secondary brain tumors. Secondary brain tumors begin to spread elsewhere in the brain (Mayo Clinic Staff 2,
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