The most common type of brain tumor, glioblastoma, is also the most aggressive — and hardest to treat.
Glioblastoma is a fast-growing cancer that forms tumors on the supportive tissue of the brain. This disease most often affects adults and develops in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes.
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Highly malignant because its cells rapidly reproduce, glioblastoma tumors are remarkably difficult to remove, though some patients can undergo surgery.
Doctors do not know the exact cause of glioblastoma.
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The symptoms of glioblastoma can vary based on the location of the tumor. Some warning signs include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weakness or loss of sensation in the arms and/or legs
- Speech, vision, or memory problems
- Personality changes
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How Glioblastoma Is Treated
Glioblastoma tumors contain a variety of cells, making them particularly difficult to treat. As a result, people diagnosed with glioblastoma may have to undergo a combination of treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery.
The UPMC Department of Neurosurgery is the largest academic neurosurgical provider in the United States. We perform more than 11,000 procedures each year. We treat conditions of the brain, skull base, spine, and nerves, including the most complex disorders. Whether your condition requires surgery or not, we strive to provide the most advanced, complete care possible. Our surgeons are developing new techniques and tools, including minimally invasive treatments. U.S. News & World Report ranks neurology and neurosurgery at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside as among the best in the country. We also rank among the top neurosurgery departments in the U.S. for National Institutes of Health funding, a benchmark in research excellence.