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Glioblastoma Multiforme

Updated on February 20, 2013

Glioblastoma Multiforme

Tumor in the head is one symptom of Glioblastoma Multiforme
Tumor in the head is one symptom of Glioblastoma Multiforme | Source

What is Glioblastoma multiforme

Glioblastoma multiforme is a type of brain cancer. It is the most common and deadliest brain cancer. This type of cancer manifests itself in the form of a tumor. The tumor is aggressive in its growth. Glioblastoma multiforme prognosis is one of the worst amongst all cancers. It affects the central nervous system. The general survival rate for this cancer is not more than 14 months.

Symptoms of Glioblastoma multiforme

Glioblastoma multiforme manifests itself with symptoms such as blurred vision, nausea, persistent headache, memory loss, neurological deficit, personality change amongst others. The specific symptoms are influenced by the exact location of the tumor. Glioblastoma multiforme might not be detected at its earlier stages due to lack of symptoms at this stage. As the tumor increases in size, then the symptoms begin to show. At this stage, quick medical intervention is vital.

Glioblastoma Multiforme symptoms

Percentage of Glioblastoma Multiforme patients who have suffered the most common symptoms
Percentage of Glioblastoma Multiforme patients who have suffered the most common symptoms | Source

Causes of Glioblastoma Multiforme

The exact causes of Glioblastoma multiforme are not yet known. Unlike most cancers, this particular one has not been known to be genetic. The tumor appears randomly among the populations. However, according to the medical records, Glioblastoma multiforme appears more in males than in females. The reason behind this is not yet known. Some of the suspected risk factors for Glioblastoma multiforme are smoking, consumption of cured meat and alcohol consumption. These are just suspected and no conclusive links between them and the diseased have been established yet. However, there are the known risk factors of this condition. The first one is being male. Males are at a higher risk of developing this tumor. Older people (past 50) are at a higher risk than younger ones. The incidence of Glioblastoma multiforme has been recorded more in Asians and Caucasians. People who are exposed to polyvinyl chloride and ionizing radiation are at a higher risk.

Prognosis for Glioblastoma Multiforme

Glioblastoma multiforme prognosis from the time of diagnosis varies among different patients. For patients who have no treatment, the prognosis is about three months. For the patients who receive medical intervention, the prognosis is somewhere between 1-2 years. Older people have a much poorer diagnosis.

Glioblastoma Multiforme


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