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Astrocytomas start in brain cells called astrocytes. Most of these brain tumors cannot be cured because they spread all through the normal brain tissue. Astrocytomas are usually classified based on on criteria used by a doctor examining the biopsy under a microscope. Tumors that are grade 1 grow the slowest, while grade 4 tumors, the highest grade, are the fastest growing.

From: Brain Cancer and Gliomas WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors."

 

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

 

American Cancer Society: "What are Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors?"

 

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Gliomas."

 

UpToDate: "Classification of gliomas."

 

Ostrom, Q 2014 .  ., Neuro Oncol

 

Cern Foundation: "Ependymoma Statistics."

 

World Health Organization: "The 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System: a summary."

 

American Cancer Society: "Alternating Electric Field Therapy for Adult Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors."

 

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

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

 

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors."

 

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

 

American Cancer Society: "What are Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors?"

 

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Types of Gliomas."

 

UpToDate: "Classification of gliomas."

 

Ostrom, Q 2014 .  ., Neuro Oncol

 

Cern Foundation: "Ependymoma Statistics."

 

World Health Organization: "The 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System: a summary."

 

American Cancer Society: "Alternating Electric Field Therapy for Adult Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors."

 

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

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 15, 2018

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