Other Names for this Disease
- Glioblastoma multiforme
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Unfortunately, there is no cure for glioblastoma. Treatment is palliative and may include surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. The best treatment options for each person depend on many factors including the size and location of the tumor; the extent to which the tumor has grown into the surrounding normal brain tissues; and the affected person's age and overall health. Glioblastoma is often treated with surgery initially to remove as much of the tumor as possible. In most cases, it is not possible to remove the entire tumor so additional treatment with radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy is necessary. In elderly people or people in whom surgery is not an option, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may be used.
Last updated: 1/20/2015
- Jeffrey N Bruce, MD. Glioblastoma Multiforme. Medscape Reference. May 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/283252-overview.
- GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME. NORD. May 2009; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/281/viewAbstract.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Glioblastoma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
|Generic Name||Polifeprosan 20 with carmustine|
The FDA has approved this product to be used in this manner.
|As an adjunct to surgery to prolong survival in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme for whom surgical resection is indicated|
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