There is currently no cure for glioblastoma. Treatment depends on several factors including the size and location of the tumor, as well as the patient's overall health. Most treatment plans are palliative and designed based on an individual patient's unique situation.
In general, treatment for glioblastoma may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible is generally the first step in treating glioblastoma. However, if a tumor is located near a sensitive area in the brain, surgery may not be possible at all.
Radiation therapy often follows surgery for the treatment of glioma. Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy beams, including X-rays or protons, to destroy tumor cells.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs, either taken orally or injected through a vein, to kill tumor cells. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with radiation therapy.