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Oligodendroglioma Overview

What is a oligodendroglioma?
A person with an oligodendroglioma has abnormal cells in or around the brain that multiply out of control. Over time, these cancerous cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. The cause of oligodendroglioma is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk. Oligodendrogliomas account for about 3 percent of all brain tumors.

What are the symptoms of a oligodendroglioma?
Oligodendrogliomas can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to those of a stroke, but unlike a stroke, the symptoms do not begin suddenly. A slow-growing oligodendrogliomas may cause subtle symptoms that develop over a long period. Symptoms may include recurrent headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, difficulty walking, a vision change, arm weakness, arm numbness, leg weakness, leg numbness, and seizures.

How does the doctor treat a oligodendroglioma?
Treatment for an oligodendroglioma depends on the location and stage of the cancer. Treatment for an oligodendroglioma may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Nov 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Oligodendroglioma References
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