Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Monday, July 28th 2014. | Cancer

Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Anaplastic Astrocytoma is an uncommon disease in the adult population. Prognosis is influenced by age, symptom duration, mental status and Karnofsky performance status.  Anaplastic Astrocytoma grows from glial cells that support, nourish, protect and interact with neurons (nerve cells). Generally, Anaplastic Astrocytoma diagnosis begins with a history and physical evaluation, as well as brain scans such as an MRI or CT.
The symptoms of anaplastic astrocytoma include listed below :
  • Impaired balance
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Changes in weight
  • Personality change
  • Change in behavior
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
Treatment for anaplastic astrocytoma symptoms may include:
  • Antiseizure/Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)
  • Steroids
  • Surgery
Often, low-grade I and II tumors , which are not aggressive, are treated with watchful monitoring or surgery alone. And for Tumor grade II tumors are watched more closely after surgery and over time to make sure there is no recurrence.
Higher grade III and IV tumors which are malignant and can grow quickly, are more difficult to remove and require additional treatments beyond surgery, such as chemotherapy, radiation, or a clinical trial if one is available. 

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