Learn About Glioma

What is the definition of Glioma?
Gliomas are a common type of brain tumor that develop from glial cells, which are specialized cells that surround and support neurons (nerve cells) in the brain. Gliomas are generally classified based on which type of glial cell is involved in the tumor: Astocytomas are a type of glioma that develop from star-shaped glial cells called astrocytes. Astrocytomas are the most common type of glioma. Ependymomas are another type of glioma that develop from ependymal cells that line the brain and spinal cord. Ependymomas are more likely to affect children than adults.  Optic gliomas affect the optic nerves, which send messages from the eyes to the brain.  Other notable types include diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas, mixed gliomas, and oligodendrogliomas.
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What are the causes of Glioma?
The cause of gliomas is still unknown. However, gliomas generally tend to be more common in adults than children. Men are also more likely to develop gliomas than women.
What are the symptoms of Glioma?
The symptoms of gliomas vary by type as well as grade (aggressiveness) of the tumor. Common symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, vision loss, trouble balancing, nausea and vomiting, speech difficulties, personality changes and/or seizures.
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What are the current treatments for Glioma?
Treatment for a glioma depends on several factors based on the type, size, and location of the tumor. Most treatment plans are designed based on an individual patient's unique situation. In general, treatment for glioma may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy. Surgery to remove the tumor is generally the first step in treating glioma. Depending on the tumor's location, surgery may be able to entirely remove smaller gliomas. 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.
Who are the top Glioma Local Doctors?
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University of Texas System

Ucsf Medical Group Business Services

1515 Holcombe Blvd 
Houston, TX 77030

John De Groot is a Neurologist in Houston, Texas. Dr. De Groot has been practicing medicine for over 24 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Glioma. He is also highly rated in 16 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Glioblastoma, Astrocytoma, Glioma, and Gliomatosis Cerebri. He is licensed to treat patients in Texas. Dr. De Groot is currently accepting new patients.

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Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine Primary And Specialty Care Lavin Family Pavilion

259 E Erie St 
Chicago, IL 60611

Rimas Lukas is a Hematologist Oncology specialist and a Neurologist in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Lukas has been practicing medicine for over 20 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Glioma. He is also highly rated in 31 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Glioblastoma, Glioma, Astrocytoma, and Gliomatosis Cerebri. He is licensed to treat patients in Illinois. Dr. Lukas is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Duke Health

Duke Cancer Center

20 Duke Medicine Cir 
Durham, NC 27710

Katherine Peters is a Neurologist in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Peters has been practicing medicine for over 19 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Glioma. She is also highly rated in 23 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Glioma, Gliomatosis Cerebri, Brain Tumor, and Glioblastoma. She is licensed to treat patients in Maryland and North Carolina. Dr. Peters is currently accepting new patients.

How do I prevent Glioma?
There is no known way to prevent gliomas. Gliomas can occur sporadically in people with no family history of the condition.  However, if you develop any symptoms common to a glioma, it is recommended to make an appointment with your doctor to be properly diagnosed.
What are the latest Glioma Clinical Trials?
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What are the Latest Advances for Glioma?
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