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Other Names for this Disease
  • Cerebral astroblastoma
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Is astroblastoma a brain cancer?

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What is astroblastoma?

Astroblastoma is a rare glial tumor usually located in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain.[1] It can occur in individuals of any age, but occurs predominantly in children and young adults.[2] Signs and symptoms depend on the location and size of the tumor but most commonly include headaches and seizures.[1] Because these tumors are rare, there is little known regarding their behavior and how they should be managed.[3] Gross total resection (complete removal) of the tumor is recommended and is associated with a good prognosis for low-grade tumors. Adjuvant therapy, including radiation and/or chemotherapy, is recommended for high-grade and recurrent cases (although its effectiveness is controversial).[1][4]
Last updated: 9/4/2012

Is astroblastoma a brain cancer?

Whether a particular astroblastoma is technically non-cancerous or cancerous (malignant) depends on the histological findings (examination of the affected tissue under a microscopic) in each tumor. Malignant astroblastomas are generally characterized by higher cellularity (the number of its constituent cells) and proliferation; necrosis (death of cells or tissues); and vascular proliferation (growth of blood vessels within the tumor).[2]
Last updated: 9/4/2012

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