Understanding_GBM

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Helpful Information for People With Glioblastoma (GBM) and Their Families WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Glioblastoma (GBM)
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2 Learning the basics of glioblastoma If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), this brochure will provide information that can help you learn about the disease and focus on what matters most to you. Whether you have GBM or are helping to care for a loved one who was diagnosed with the disease, you are taking a positive step by learning and taking an active role in its treatment. On the next pages, you will find information about GBM and suggestions on how to speak with your health care team. Remember to always discuss any questions you may have with your doctor and health care team, and keep this resource on hand to refer to as you gather important information throughout your journey. Your treatment glossary: Boldface words are defined in a glossary on page 15. If there are words about your condition or treatment that you do not understand, ask your doctor or health care team to explain them further.
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3 What is glioblastoma (GBM)? Understanding your central nervous system Understanding your central nervous system is key to helping you understand GBM. GBM is a mass of abnormal cells that has grown out of control to form a tumor in the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. Both organs play important roles in controlling different functions of your body. The spinal cord, a long mass of nerves that extends down the spine from the brainstem, controls movement and sensation. The brain, a more complex organ, is a spongy mass of cells that is protected by the skull. It controls your emotions, thoughts, speech, physical coordination, vision, hearing, movement, and sensation.
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4 Understanding GBM Glioblastoma is also called grade IV astrocytoma or GBM. It is the most common type of primary brain tumor and is usually fast growing. Like most brain cancers, GBM can spread throughout the brain tissue but rarely spreads to other areas outside of the central nervous system. A common feature of fast-growing tumors is having many abnormal blood vessels. All GBM tumors have these blood vessels, which deliver necessary oxygen and nutrients to the tumor and help it grow and spread. GBM tumors are a challenge to treat because these abnormal blood vessels easily mix with normal brain tissue.
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5 Understanding the symptoms of GBM GBM can develop in any area of the brain. The brain is divided into 2 halves (left and right), called hemispheres. Each hemisphere is made up of different lobes and areas, which control different functions. The first symptoms of GBM are usually due to increased pressure on the brain because the skull cannot expand in response to a growing tumor. These symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness. Other symptoms you may experience, such as weakness, sensory impairment on one side of the body, seizures, memory or language problems, and visual changes, depend on the location of the tumor. As the brain tumor grows, it may interfere with the normal functions of that part of the brain.
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course BME 100 taught by Professor Dr.frame during the Spring '11 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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