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Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Overview)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. Gliomas are rarely curable.


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Can gliomas spread?

Can gliomas spread?

Yes: Low grade gliomas generally do not spread. High grade tumors such as glioblastoma frequently spread locally in the brain. They occur in other parts of the brain about 10% of the time. It is very rare to see a glioma spread to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kyei
841 doctors shared insights

Glioma (Overview)

Glioma is a type of cancer where there is the uncontrolled growth of the glial cells in the brain or spinal cord. This initially can cause headache, vision problems, seizures, nausea, and vomiting. Gliomas are rarely curable.


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Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Why are seizures a symptom of gliomas?

Brain damage.: Gliomas are tumors of the brain. They arise from glial cells, which are part of the support structure of the brain. As the tumors enlarge, they press on and irritate brain cells. That can make the normal brain cells give off electical impulses, and if there is too much activity, involving too many cells, a seizure will occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of glioma?

Many: There may be many different symptoms of a glioma. It depends on what part of the brain it affects. Change in behavior, difficulty with speech, emotional changes, weakness in a limb, visual problems, are only some of the symptoms that may occur. ...Read more

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Why is seizure a sign of glioma?

Why is seizure a sign of glioma?

It's not: Brain tumors can present with many problems, seizures being one. We are often taught that if a seizure is the first symptom a patient has that leads to the diagnosis of a brain tumor, that they will likely have a more favorable outcome. There are a multitude of "gliomas" - some are relatively benign and slow growing, and those are the ones in which seizure can be the first sign. ...Read more

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What to do if my neice is 18 months old and was diagnosed with grade 4 glioma?

Glioma: A grade IV glioma is a very serious disorders of the brain. This tumor is a high grade and based on the age of the child not a good finding. Despite some promising therapies so far no one has come up with a reasonable treatment that can lead to a cure, there are rare exception but these are not common. ...Read more

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What are the tests for glioma?

What are the tests for glioma?

MRI, biopsy: To diagnose glioma, you need an MRI with and without contrast, and a brain biopsy. ...Read more

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Iam 17 years old and have talked a lot on the phone at times. A year ago, i stopped completely. Does cell phone use in adolescence cause glioma and should I worry about any problems in the future?

So far, NO proof.: I am aware of the anecdotal comments both on-line and in the alternative literature, but formal studies to date show no such link, and data reviewed by consumer's union is not convincing either. However, although the science is lacking, and I do use a cell phone also, there is a model with cigarette smoking which did take years to prove cancer link, and now many more issues. So, not sure! ...Read more

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I have a grade one glioma. What exactly does that mean?

Better prognosis.: A glioma is a CNS tumor composed of glial cells. The types of gliomas are astrocytoma, ependymoma, oligodendroglioma and mixede type. They originate most commonly in the brain. A low grade glioma is a well differentiated tumor that, while not benign, carries a better prognosis with an age-standardized 10 year relative survival rate of 47%. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for glioma?

Surgery primarily: The initial treatment for a brain glioma is surgical resection. Subsequently, chemotherapy and radiation are often recommended. ...Read more

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What are some optic glioma treatments?

OPTIC GLIOMA: Treatment varies with the size of the tumor and the general health of the person. The goal may be to cure the disorder, relieve symptoms, or improve vision and comfort. Surgery to remove the tumor may cure some optic gliomas. Partial removal to reduce the size of the tumor can be done in many cases. This will keep the tumor from damaging normal brain tissue around it. Radiation therapy may be re. ...Read more

Dr. Shon Cook
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Astrocytoma (Definition)

Astrocytoma is a tumor that is arising from a specific cell type in the central nervous system (brain or spine) that is called astrocyte. These are the cells that support the actual nerve cells (neurons). It is a common type of nervous system tumor, which has different types, benign to malignant. Treatment is tailored according to this as well ...Read more