Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.

Insight:

  • Glioblastoma forms from cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells.
  • Glioblastoma can occur at any age but tends to occur more often in older adults. It can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting, and seizures.
  • Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme, can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible.
  • Treatments may slow progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms.
  • Diagnosis is done by the use of imaging studies, neurological exams, and biopsy.
  • Treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, tumor treating fields therapy, and targeted drug therapy.

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