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Astrocytoma is the most common type of glioma tumor that forms in the brain, typically in men over the age of 45.

Astrocytoma begins in star-shaped cells called astrocytes that support nerve cells. An astrocytoma tumor is typically a slow growing tumor that can remain unchanged for long periods of time, although growth must be monitored closely once identified.

There are several different types of astrocytoma, each being graded on a scale of 1 to 4 based on how abnormal the cells look and how fast they grow. This prognosis will determine your treatment options and will be related to the severity of your symptoms.

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Symptoms

If you’ve been diagnosed with an astrocytoma, your symptoms derive predominantly from pressure created within the skull. Your symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased energy
  • Mood swings
  • Impaired mental focus

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The information provided here is not intended for you to self-diagnose. It is our way of letting you know that we understand how to help you. The first step to your relief is to schedule a consultation so we can determine what your underlying condition is and help you to understand your options.

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