High-grade gliomas are primary brain-cancer tumors that grow very rapidly. They require an immediate and aggressive approach to treating brain cancer.
High-grade gliomas are named for the type of brain cell found in the tumor. For example, a brain tumor made up of cells called astrocytes is called an astrocytoma. Tumors with oligodendrocyte cells are called oligodendrogliomas.
The different types of high-grade gliomas have more than one name – which can be a little confusing. The term "anaplastic" refers to tumors containing rapidly dividing cancer cells.
The names and alternative names of high-grade gliomas include:
- Anaplastic Astrocytoma (also called Grade 3 Astrocytoma)
- Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma (also called Grade 3 Oligodendroglioma)
- Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma (also called Anaplastic Mixed Gliomas or Grade 3 Oligoastrocytoma)
- Glioblastoma (also called Grade 4 Astrocytoma or GBM)
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and a primary focus of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center.
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