Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common form of malignant (cancerous) brain tumor found in adults. It originates as an abnormal growth of cells within the brain or spinal cord, characterized by its rapid growth and the ability to infiltrate and damage healthy surrounding tissue. Glioblastoma develops from specialized cells known as astrocytes, which provide support to nerve cells.
Common symptoms associated with glioblastoma include progressively worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, and seizures.
There is currently no cure for glioblastoma. Available treatments aim to slow down the cancer’s growth and alleviate the associated symptoms.
Since GBM cancer cells spread quickly, symptoms can also appear suddenly. Common signs and symptoms of GBM include:
Experts have yet to determine the reasons why certain individuals develop cancerous brain tumors, including GBM.
Certain factors can elevate your risk of developing GBM:
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