Glioblastoma Multiforme Overview
What is glioblastoma multiforme?
A person with glioblastoma multiforme has a growth of abnormal cells in the brain that multiply out of control. Over time, these cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. Glioblastoma multiforme accounts for 1 out of 5 cases of brain cancer in the US. The cause of glioblastoma multiforme is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.
What are the symptoms of glioblastoma multiforme?
Symptoms of glioblastoma multiforme vary with the position of the tumor in the brain. Common symptoms include chronic headaches, nausea, changes in mood, problems with speech, difficulty walking, and confusion.
How does the doctor treat glioblastoma multiforme?
Treatment for of glioblastoma multiforme varies with tumor size and position in the brain. Treatment measures usually include surgery, corticosteroid medications, anticonvulsants, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
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