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Astrocytomas

Last updated on Saturday, April 4 2009 by jdmiles

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Glia is made up of astrocytes, ologodendrocytes, and ependymal cells.  Tumors that appear to arise from astrocytes are called astrocytomas.

Astrocytomas are a varied group of primary brain tumors, and there are many subtypes. The prognosis and treatment will vary from subtype to subtype.  For example, diffuse astrocytomas are considered Grade II tumors.  Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a Grade IV tumor with a very poor prognosis.

Several subtypes of astrocytoma are shown in this section.  Click any of the links or thumbnails for more information.