Also known as: mixed glioma, astrocytoma, ependymoma, optic glioma, gliomatosis cerebri
What is glioma?
Glioma is a form of cancer that develops from glial cells of the brain - those cells which support and nourish the neurons. Glomas can vary depending the type of glial cell found (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymocytes and mixed cell glioma), their location (brainstem/optic nerve/spine or other part of the brain), and on their grade (depending on how normal or abnormal the cells appear); low grade tumors (grades 1 and 2 ; 66% ; localized and grow slowly) or higher grade (3 and 4 grow faster).
What causes glioma?
Cause is unknown, though it appears that some genetic disorders increase the likelihood of their development.
What are the symptoms of glioma?
Symptoms will vary depending on the exact type of glioma, its size and location. Some common symptoms include seizures, headaches, speech problems, numbness or weakness in the face, legs or arms.
What are glioma care options?
Treatments may include all or some of, surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, chemotherapy (before or after surgery), and radiation therapy.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 5/23/2018 2:14:32 PM
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