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How is astrocytoma treated?

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It depends on the type of astrocytoma you have, where it is, how fast it's growing, and your symptoms.

  • Surgery to remove all of a tumor -- or as much as possible -- is a likely first step.
  • Radiation often follows in case parts of a tumor could not be removed or surgeons can’t be sure they got all of the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy is often used.
  • Targeted therapy may help shrink tumors.
  • Electric-field therapy uses electrical fields to target cells in the tumor while not hurting normal cells.

From: What Is Astrocytoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Astrocytoma" and "Brain Tumor Primer."

Cedars-Sinai: "Astrocytoma Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Grades and Types" and "General Information About Adult Brain Tumors."

University of Pittsburgh Neurological Surgery: "Types of Brain Tumors."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “FDA approves expanded indication for medical device to treat a form of brain cancer,” Oct. 8, 2015.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS): "Astrocytoma Tumors."

American Cancer Society: "Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults" and Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Children."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American Brain Tumor Association: "Astrocytoma" and "Brain Tumor Primer."

Cedars-Sinai: "Astrocytoma Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Grades and Types" and "General Information About Adult Brain Tumors."

University of Pittsburgh Neurological Surgery: "Types of Brain Tumors."

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “FDA approves expanded indication for medical device to treat a form of brain cancer,” Oct. 8, 2015.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS): "Astrocytoma Tumors."

American Cancer Society: "Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults" and Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Children."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 17, 2018

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