What is Glioblastoma?
Glioblastoma is a form of astrocytoma (brain cancer) which initiates in the star-shaped astrocyte cells. Mostly, this cancer is formed in the largest part of the brain, the cerebrum.
Glioblastoma tumors are highly cancerous (malignant) in nature and prompt and immediate treatment is advised in case any of the symptoms as detected.
What are the signs and symptoms of Glioblastoma?
As glioblastoma grow rapidly, they all cause undue pressure on vital brain parts inside the skull. This gives rise to various complications and their symptoms, such as:
- Constant headaches
- Memory problems
- Concentration difficulties
- Blurred/double vision
- Speech problems
- Mood/personality changes
What are the types of Glioblastoma?
There are mainly two type of glioblastoma:
Primary glioblastoma – This is the most common form of glioblastoma and the most aggressive type of brain tumor which originates as a Grade IV tumor.
Secondary glioblastoma – This initially begins as a Grade II or III tumor, and grows slower comparatively eventually progressing to Grade IV.
How is Glioblastoma diagnosed?
The diagnosis for glioblastoma is best done by a trained brain specialist (neurologist). The neurologist will perform a complete physical examination at first to detect for visible signs of glioblastoma.
Other diagnostic tests are used to confirm the presence of glioblastoma, as well as to glean additional details regarding the tumor such as its size, location and stage (grade) so as to determine the best-suited treatment method for the particular case.
Other diagnostic test may include computerized tomography (CT) scan, x-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests.
How is Glioblastoma treated?
Glioblastoma is treated using various methods and techniques. The main aim of any form of glioblastoma treatment is to slow down the growth of the tumor as well as improving your quality of life by treating the cause of the symptoms as well.
These are the various glioblastoma treatment methods:
This is the initial form of treatment for most glioblastoma cases. This involves removal of the tumor completely, or as much as safely possible without affecting the surrounding healthy brain tissue. In case the glioblastoma (tumor) is seen growing in a hard-to-reach area of the brain, the surgeon might not be able to remove the tumor completely.
Radiation therapy is used to destroy as many remaining cancerous cells are there after a surgery. This form of treatment is usually combined after a surgical glioblastoma treatment in order to ensure that all the cancerous cells have been destroyed and there is no risk of the glioblastoma (tumor) recurring in the brain again.
This therapy uses high-energy beams of radiation consisting of particles such as x-rays and protons. These beams are highly precise and can be used to accurately target the tumor. This therapy uses these precise beams of high-energy radiation to destroy the cancerous cells of the tumor using the heat generated by it at the cancer site.
This is a cancer treatment method that uses specialized medicinal drugs to target the cancerous cells. These drugs are designed to attack and destroy only the cancerous cells and leave the healthy cells intact.
This is a latest form of cancer treatment. It involves using electric-fields to target the tumor cells in the brain while avoiding the healthy surrounding cells completely. This involves using electrodes inserted into the scalp to produce a mild electric field that can affect the cancerous cells.
Why choose Travcure for Glioblastoma treatment in India?
India is home to the largest network of world-class hospitals and clinics that are in every major city, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, etc. These are highly-advanced healthcare facilities that are equipped with the most modern medical technology available. Travcure offers every patient with treatment at one of these comprehensive cancer-specialty hospitals and clinics for added convenience and efficiency. Travcure provides every patient with the best, most effective and affordable glioblastoma treatment in India.