A Glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spinal cord. It begins in the supportive cells (glial cells) that surround nerve cells and help them to function properly.
Gliomas are intrinsic brain tumors – they reside within the brain and are known to intermix with normal brain tissue. These tumors arise from three different types of cells that are naturally occurring in the brain: astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, and ependymal cells.
About half of all brain tumors that begin in the brain are gliomas. These generally occur in the upper hemispheres of the brain, but can also grow near the optic nerve, cerebellum and brain stem. Gliomas can affect all age groups but are seen mostly in adults.
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Gliomas can cause a variety of symptoms depending on their size and location. If you have a glioma, you may experience signs and symptoms such as:
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
- Mood swings
- Visual impairment
- Coordination loss
- Physical weakness
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