Clinical Specialties : Brain Tumors

Gliomas

A glioma is the primary a type of intrinsic tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is in the brain or spinal cord tissue. Gliomas can be either slow-growing or fast-growing.

Types
Glioblastoma (grade IV glioma)
Anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III glioma)
Low-grade astrocytoma (grade II glioma)
Pilocytic astrocytoma (grade I glioma)
Oligodendroglioma
Ependymoma
Mixed Glioma

Treatment
Treatment for brain gliomas depends on the location and the cell type. Often, treatment is a combined approach, using surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The radiation therapy is in the form of external beam radiation or the stereotactic approach using radiosurgery. Spinal cord tumors can be treated by surgery and radiation.