Can gliomas be treated?

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asked Aug 23, 2023 in Diseases Conditions by GordonTom (3,220 points)
Can gliomas be treated?

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answered Sep 8, 2023 by 12iroanges (26,280 points)
Gliomas can be treated through surgery although they can still come back.

In some cases the glioma may not be able to be removed completely although the surgeon will remove as much of the glioma as they can.

Most low-grade gliomas are both highly treatable and highly curable.

The most common kind of low-grade glioma, called a pilocytic astrocytoma, has a cure rate over 90 percent.

Glioblastoma cancer is always fatal as there's no cure for glioblastoma although treatments can help the patient live a bit longer.

The triggers of glioblastoma cancer is exposure to ionizing radiation therapy.

The exposure of ionizing radiation therapy to the head or neck is the most common risk factor of giloblastoma.

Exposure to some chemicals can also put you at risk for developing glioblastoma cancer.

Glioblastoma is a form of cancer that starts out as a growth of cells in the brain or spinal cord.

The glioblastoma cancer grows quickly and can invade and destroy healthy tissue.

Glioblastoma forms from cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells.

Glioblastoma cancer can happen at any age.

The most typical manifestation in the presence of glioblastoma cancer is a tension-type headache and is frequently the earliest sign of glioblastoma.

Headaches caused by a brain tumor are relatively different from other headaches.

These aches often worsen with time and may not react to over-the-counter pain relievers.

The cancer glioblastoma tends to occur more often in adults between the ages of 65 and 74, and men have a slightly higher risk than women.

Most people diagnosed with glioblastoma have no family history of cancerous brain tumors.

In the final stages of glioblastoma cancer, the patient's body will begin to shut down.

Patients may lose the ability to speak, eat, and move.

They may also suffer from seizures, hallucinations, or changes in breathing pattern.

The skin may take on a bluish tint, and the patient may become increasingly lethargic.

Although the average life expectancy after a diagnosis with glioblastoma is between 14 and 16 months, people with certain tumor genetics have a median survival time of 22 and 31 months.

The longest glioblastoma survivor has lived for more than 20 years after diagnosis.

The incidence of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) ranges from 0.59 to 5 per 100,000 persons, and it is on the rise in many countries.

The reason for this rise is multifactorial, and possible contributing factors include an aging population, overdiagnosis, ionizing radiation, air pollution and others.

Unfortunately, there isn't a cure for Glioblastoma.

Treatments for glioblastoma focus on removing or shrinking the tumor to reduce symptoms.

The first step is surgery to remove the tumor (craniotomy), followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

The average survival of glioblastoma patients is eight months after diagnosis; only 6.8% are alive after five years.

Most gliomas are sporadic and seem to have no clear genetic cause.

Only about 5% of gliomas are familial, afflicting two or more members of the same family.

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