(GBM), also called glioblastoma, is a fast growing glioma that develops from star-shaped glial cells (astrocytes) that support nerve cells. GBM is classified as a grade IV astrocytoma
. These are the most invasive type of glial tumors
, rapidly growing, and commonly spread to nearby brain tissue.In adults, GBM occurs most often in the cerebral hemispheres, especially in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. GBM is a devastating brain cancer
that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.
Symptoms vary depending on the location of the brain tumor
, but may include any of the following:
Double or blurred vision
Loss of appetite
Changes in mood and personality
Changes in ability to think and learn
Speech difficulty of gradual onset
All these symptoms will gradually worsen as the disease progresses.