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What are the different types of astroctoma?

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There are several types of astrocytoma:

  • Anaplastic astrocytomas are rare. They are grade III tumors that grow quickly and spread to nearby tissue.
  • Glioblastomas are also called grade IV astrocytomas.
  • Diffuse astrocytomas can grow into nearby tissue, but they grow slowly.
  • Pineal astrocytic tumors can be any grade. They form around the pineal gland.
  • Brain stem gliomas are rare in adults. Rarely gliomas can form in the brain stem, the part that connects to the spinal cord.
  • Pilocytic astrocytomas and subependymal gialt cell astrocytomas are more common in children and considered grade I.

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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