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Glioblastoma (GBM)

About glioblastoma (GBM)

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.

What is glioblastoma?

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.

There are two types of glioblastoma:

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.

For more information, please visit Cure Brain Cancer  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


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American Cancer Society   (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)  (Date last accessed 26 Oct 2016)


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