Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and grade IV astrocytoma, which is the most common glioma that starts in the glial cells within the brain. Glioblastoma has a tendency of spreading quickly throughout the brain, but It can also originate from a lower grade, less cancerous brain tumor. Although glioblastoma commonly locates in the cerebral hemisphere near the frontal and temporal lobes. it can also begin from other areas in the brain. About five out of every one hundred thousand people are diagnosed with glioblastoma in America every year. And it is usually diagnosed in people with the age from about 50 to 70 and affect slightly more male than female. The exact factors that cause this disease are not very clear.
Signs, symptoms and treatments
Glioblastoma can cause an series of symptoms as most primary brain tumors, which may include: headaches, nausea and vomiting, progressive cognitive dysfunction (e.g. memory loss, numbness), blurry vision and behavioral changes. Surgery is helpful to confirm the diagnosis and relieve headache, while radiation therapy and chemotherapy also play important roles in decreasing tumor size, prolonging survival time and increasing quality of life.
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