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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a glioblastoma?

A glioblastoma is a type of cancer that can develop in your brain or spinal cord. The cause of a glioblastoma is usually unknown.

What are the signs and symptoms of a glioblastoma?

Signs and symptoms depend on the size of the tumor and where it is located. You may have any of the following:

How is a glioblastoma diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and check your brain function. The provider will check how your pupils react to light, your memory, and how easily you wake up. Your hand grasp and balance may also be tested. You may also need any of the following:

How is a glioblastoma treated?

Your tumor may be difficult to remove completely. You may need any of the following to decrease symptoms and prevent the tumor from growing:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

How do I find support and more information?

Have someone call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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