Treatment for Glioblastoma (GBM)

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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) happens fast. Suddenly you have headaches, seizures, memory loss and other mental issues. A CT, MRI or PET scan shows you have an aggressive brain tumor. 

Glioblastoma inside brain
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Optune: Treatment for Glioblastoma

Tested at UVA and other sites in clinical trials, Optune treats this most deadly form of brain cancer with electrodes that produce "tumor-treatment fields."

Learn about the effectiveness of the Optune device.

Surgery for GBM

Surgery is often done to confirm a diagnosis and relieve headache, but doctors cannot completely remove the cancer. Other types of treatment may include:

  • Radiation treatment is used to further decrease the size of the tumor.
  • Chemotherapy is used to increase survival time and quality of life.
  • Steroids to suppress swelling, antiseizure medication to suppress seizures, and pain medications are also used.

Living with Glioblastoma

Even with aggressive treatment, few patients survive more than five years after diagnosis. However, there is evidence that medical and surgical intervention can increase life expectancy and improve quality of life.

A multi-disciplinary approach is important for you and your family. This approach may involve:

  • Support group
  • Psychotherapy and psychiatry
  • Pain management
  • Hospice care

Learn more about our full spectrum of cancer support services.

Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.