Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Malignant Astrocytoma Overview

Another name for Malignant Astrocytoma is Astrocytoma.

What is an astrocytoma?
A person with an astrocytoma has abnormal cells in the brain that multiply out of control. Astrocytoma is the most common form of brain cancer. Over time, these cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. The cause for astrocytoma is unknown. Some types appear to have a genetic cause.

What are the symptoms of an astrocytoma?
Symptoms of an astrocytoma 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 an astrocytoma?
Treatment for an astrocytoma 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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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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