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Glioblastoma Multiforme

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by Lyons S

(GBM; Brain Tumor; Malignant Astrocytoma)


Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chances of developing GBM include:


Surgery is often done to confirm diagnosis and relieve headache, but doctors cannot completely remove the cancer. Other types of treatment may include:
  • Radiation treatment is used to further decrease the size of the tumor.
  • Chemotherapy is used to increase survival time and quality of life.
  • Steroids to suppress swelling, antiseizure medication to suppress seizures, and pain medications are also used.
Even with aggressive treatment, few patients survive more than five years after diagnosis. However, there is evidence that medical and surgical intervention can increase life expectancy and improve quality of life.
A multi-disciplinary approach is important for you and your family. This approach may involve:
  • Support group
  • Psychotherapy and psychiatry
  • Pain management
  • Hospice care


American Brain Tumor Association

National Brain Tumor Society



Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada

Canadian Cancer Society



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Glioblastoma multiforme. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated June 3, 2013. Accessed June 11, 2013.


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