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About Glioblastoma


Symptoms of glioblastoma can vary depending upon the location and size of the tumor. Many symptoms are related to swelling and increased pressure within the brain.

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Symptoms of glioblastoma

Symptoms of glioblastoma include:

  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Changes in vision

Tumors in vital functional areas of the brain are likely to present with difficulty with language, vision, or weakness.

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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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