High-Grade Gliomas

High-Grade Gliomas

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 (Grade 3 Astrocytoma)
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma (Grade 3 Oligodendroglioma)
  • Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma (Anaplastic Mixed Gliomas or Grade 3 Oligoastrocytoma)
  • Glioblastoma (Grade 4 Astrocytoma or GBM)


Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and a primary focus of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center.

Contact Information

Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment
550 17th Avenue
Suite 540
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-320-2300
Fax: 206-320-8149
Map & Directions

Diagnosed with a Brain tumor?

 

The Ivy Center has a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and social workers who specialize in treating people with benign and malignant brain tumors.

Learn More


Need a second opinion?

 

Call 206-320-2300 to make an appointment now.

find_physician_newest.gif


How you can help

 

Swedish is constantly working to ensure patients with debilitating neurological disorders have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.

Learn More

 


Support Services

 

At the Ivy Center, patients and their families have access to a wide range of support services provided by the Integrative Clinical Social Worker.

Learn More