Clinical Pearl of the Day: Glioblastoma
Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord.
- 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.