Glioblastoma is a fast-spreading type of brain cancer that mostly affects adults. It is also known as glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM. Because it is a serious disease, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of glioblastoma, how to get a GBM diagnosis, and what treatment options are available. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Glioblastoma?
Glioblastoma is a type of astrocytoma, a cancer form that gets its name from the star-shaped cells it creates. It most commonly starts in the cerebrum, which is the largest part of the brain.
What makes glioblastoma such a dangerous form of cancer is that a GBM tumor can make its own blood supply and that enables it to invade healthy brain tissue more quickly than other types of cancer.
Glioblastomas make up approximately one-fifth of all brain cancer diagnoses. It is more likely to affect men than women, and there are 14,000 cases of glioblastoma diagnosed every year in the United States.