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About Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma 101

Glioblastoma is the most common, most aggressive, and most fatal primary brain tumor. Despite treatment, patients only have a median survival time of 15 months because of the tumor's resistance to current therapeutic approaches.

Journal of Neuro-Oncology

What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is a type of cancer that starts as a growth of cells in the brain or spinal cord. It grows quickly and can invade and destroy healthy tissue. Glioblastoma forms from cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells.

Glioblastoma can happen at any age. But it tends to occur more often in older adults and more often in men. Glioblastoma symptoms include headaches that keep getting worse, nausea and vomiting, blurred or double vision, and seizures.

There's no cure for glioblastoma, which is also known as glioblastoma multiforme. Treatments might slow cancer growth and reduce symptoms.

Mayo Clinic

What is Glioblastoma?

Doctors Maciej Mrugala, Suriya Jeyapalan, and Daniela Bota provide background information on glioblastoma, including how it differs from other brain tumors, the typical presentation, and outcomes.

What are the symptoms of glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma can result in personality changes, cognitive and behavioral changes, seizures, and more.

What causes glioblastoma?

The cause of glioblastoma isn't fully understood, but there are risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing one.

How is glioblastoma diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose glioblastoma through a neurological exam, imaging tests (often MRI), and other special tests.

How is Glioblastoma treated?

In some cases, surgery can remove the tumor. Some other treatments include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and more.

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