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In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about glioblastoma, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.
Glioblastomas (GBM) are tumours that arise from the star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain. Glioblastomas usually contain a mix of cell types and are highly malignant. These tumours are highly cancerous because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a vast network of blood vessels. Glioblastoma rarely spreads elsewhere in the body.
Primary or de novo: This form of glioblastoma is very aggressive. This is the most common form of glioblastoma and tumours present very quickly.
Secondary: These tumours begin as lower-grade tumours, which eventually become higher-grade. They are still very aggressive.
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