Glioblastoma

On July 17th, it was the awareness day for this horrible condition, and I would like to do a little research to see what it is all about and hopefully raise a bit of insight to other people, so more people know about it (this condition was new to me as well!). I know this is a human condition and I usually write about animals and dogs, but I am doing this specially for my friend whose mum really sadly died of this type of cancer. I will be always thinking of her!

What is Glioblastoma?

This is a type of malignant and aggressive cancer of the brain and spinal cord, which is one of the most common types of cancer around in adults. The tumour starts in astrocytes, which are cells that support neurons in the brain and then spreads quickly to other parts of the brain. But it rarely spreads to other parts of the body. There are two types, the first being primary, which is the most common and the most aggressive form. The second type is called secondary glioblastoma, which is less common and grows more slower and usually affects people 45 years and younger. The cause is unknown.

How can you tell if it is Glioblastoma?

First thing to do is to go to your doctor and they will check the back of the eye or any changes due to increased pressure in the skull. If any changes are seen, you will be referred to have a scan (either MRI or CT) or see a neurologist. 

Some of the symptoms

  •  Seizure

  • Headaches

  • Vomiting

  • Trouble thinking

  • Changes in mood or personality

  • Double or blurred vision

  • Trouble speaking

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