What Is Glioblastoma?

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Causes and Symptoms of a Glioblastoma

Researchers are still working on finding the cause of glioblastoma.

General brain tumor symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting

Some glioblastomas put pressure on the brain and may also cause:

  • Memory issues
  • Speech problems
  • Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body)

How Is a Glioblastoma Diagnosed?

Sophisticated brain imaging tools such as computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to view the tumor. A biopsy, sometimes taken during surgery, can identify the type of tumor and help determine the tumor grade.

Advanced Treatments for Glioblastomas at NSPC

Neurological Surgery, P.C (NSPC) Long Island Brain Tumor Center offers a multi-disciplinary team approach to brain tumor treatment, with a staff of more than 20 physicians and surgeons with various sub-specialties. We work with your current health care practitioner to devise the best treatment plan for you. NSPC offers the most advanced therapies, including experimental treatments such as clinical trials.

Due to the tentacle-like configurations of astrocyte cells, glioblastomas can be difficult to surgically remove, but technological advances give brain surgeons the ability to operate on tumors that were previously deemed inoperable.

Awake Craniotomy and Functional Mapping
Your neurosurgeon can observe your sensory reactions and movement abilities during your surgery—while you’re awake. Brain mapping helps protect and preserve the functional aspects of the brain, so surgeons can now operate on tumors that would have been considered too risky in the past. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allows your surgeon to monitor your brain’s activity via blood flow.

Additional Treatments

Chemotherapy is given after surgery has removed as much of the mass as possible, safely. If there is a recurrence of glioblastoma, chemotherapy is given again.

Our Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center has the most advanced stereotactic radiosurgery equipment. Leading-edge technologies can deliver precisely targeted high-dose radiation beams, in as few as one to five sessions.

Innovative Treatments
Other revolutionary treatments offered at NSPC, along with the usual standard-of-care treatments, include the FDA-approved NovoTTF™-100A. The device uses low-level electrical fields to disrupt the formation of new tumor cells in patients who have had recurrent glioblastoma. The patient wears the device on the head for at least 18 hours a day, and many patients report an improved quality of life when compared to supportive chemotherapy treatment.

Our award-winning physicians use state-of-the-art treatment procedures to treat a range of central nervous system cancers—from primary brain and spinal tumors to metastases. Contact a specialist at our Brain Tumor Center in Long Island, New York. Our expert neurosurgeons can discuss your best treatment options—you’ll get world-class care, right here in the NY area.

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NSPC provides state-of-the-art treatment of benign and malignant brain and spine tumors, using minimally invasive procedures like Gamma Knife®, Novalis TX™, and CyberKnife® rather than major surgery whenever appropriate. Our physicians also perform experienced pediatric neurosurgery — they give personalized, individual attention combined with knowledge and experience to take on the most challenging of cases.

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