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What is the difference between glioblastoma and glioma?

What is the difference between glioblastoma and glioma?

GBM is agressive: Glioblastoma is a malignant tumor of the brain. It often invasive and agressive form of brain tumor whereas glioma is often a benign primary brain tumor. Glioblastoma has the tedency to spread locally or to other part of the brain. Treatment of glioblastoma includes combination of surgery, radiatoin with or without chemotherapy. Gliomas usually do not spread and are treated by resection alone. ...Read more

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Glioblastoma (Definition)

Glioblastoma is the unnatural, uninhibited overgrowth of certain supportive cells in the brain (not the nerve cells themselves). Like other cancers, this can destroy good cells, often by pressure within the space of the skull. Unfortunately, it weaves its way between good brain cells and the limits of the growth usually cannot be known with certainty. That's why surgery alone ...Read more


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Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

No GBM: Describes the cellualar and histologic characteristic; the "brain stem" describes a location. ...Read more

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Glioblastoma multiforme grade 4 astrocytoma, what is this?

Nerve cell disorder: Glioblastoma is a condition where the cells in the brian, which stop dividing and migrating normally at around age 3, start dividing and migrating again. It tends to spread within the brain, but does not invade or spread to other regions as a rule. Joshua Garren, MD Medical Director Tulsa Brain Tumor Clinic www.braintumorclinic.org ...Read more

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My son has glioma. Where do I start?

See a neurosurgeon: Gliomas are tumors of support cells of the nervous system called glial cells. Most of them occur in the brain. Treament depends on the site and grade of the tumor. High-grade tumors are very difficult to cure, whereas low-grade tumors have a better prognosis. Surgical removal is possible, depending upon the site and degree of spread. See a neurosurgeon to determine the course of treatment. ...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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Is every glioma malignant?

No: Glioma is a broad term that refers to cancers in the brain. Many are malignant but some are benign. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma versus glioma?

See below: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain a glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. ...Read more

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What are the odds of beating stage 4 glioma?

Survival for GBM or: Stage IV glioma is quite poor, half succomb by 14 months, and > 90% by 2 years. Younger, completely resected, better functional people tend to do the best, but there are no cures. My dad died of this at age 63 31 years ago. Temozolamide is new since then. Senator ted kennedy is the most recent celebrity to survive about 18 mos from dx. These are the cold facts. ...Read more

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Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Yes, survivors exist: Brain stem tumors approach 30% of posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group. Biopsy is done on occasion, but if the tumor is intrinsic to the brain stem, radiation therapy is often done without biopsy. If the symptoms are minimal one can sometimes follow up with repeat imaging at intervals. The tumors are classified by location rather than histology and their behavior is unpredictable. Po. ...Read more

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Can a lower grade glioma can be cured without surgery?

No: Brain tumors- glioma is the most common, cannot be cured without surgery. It's fortunate that your glioma is low grade but removing it is the only way to get rid of it. Tumors can always change also- becoming malignant after they have been low grade. ...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


Dr. Mark Kyei
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Glioma (Definition)

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. ...Read more