Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and most malignant (cancerous) form of high-grade (grade IV) astrocytoma. Glioblastomas make up approximately half of all astrocytomas and are the most common adult primary brain tumor. They usually occur in patients over fifty years of age.
Depending on the location of the mass, symptoms of glioblastoma may include seizure, weakness, speech problems, headaches, personality changes, memory loss and impairments in vision. Glioblastomas are resistant to therapeutic interventions. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Patients of Mischer Neuroscience Institute in Houston have access to a team of affiliated experts, including neurooncologists, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, neuropathologists, oncologists and neurosurgeons. This multidisciplinary team meets weekly to discuss each patient’s plan of care and progress. Surgical treatment is available, as well as nonsurgical options including the Gamma Knife® system and an advanced linear accelerator for comprehensive radiology treatment.
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