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Glioblastoma is an aggressive cancer that leads to tumors in the brain or spinal cord tissues. Nearly 25,000 Americans will be diagnosed with one form of glioblastoma this year. While the chances are less than one percent of developing glioblastoma, men are at a greater risk than women. Unlike other cancers, brain tumors rarely spread throughout the rest of the body. These tumors press on the brain tissue and can cause damage that can be debilitating. Tragically, glioblastomas are ultimately fatal, yet leading-edge research at Northwestern Medicine is giving new and significant hope to many individuals and families coping with the many powerful challenges associated with glioblastomas.

With the support of your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine will continue to advance research studies and clinical trials aimed at developing improved diagnostic and treatment techniques for people afflicted with glioblastoma.

Most brain cancers do not have a specific cause. Specialists have, however, identified some risk factors. Family history, exposure to certain medications and radiation can increase the chances of contracting glioblastoma. Other factors like cell phone use and consumption of artificial sweeteners are still under study. Tumors inside the brain can cause swelling, pressure against the skull and severe headaches. Nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and balance problems as well as seizures, drowsiness or even comas can signal a glioblastoma. While these symptoms alone do not guarantee that a brain tumor has developed, they may be warning signs that should be discussed with your physician, for they may call for a complete physical examination.

To diagnose a glioblastoma, board-certified neurologists at the Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital call for a full medical history and complete physical examination. If the neurological exam produces any abnormalities, imaging of the brain with MRIs or CAT scans is the general protocol for detecting brain tumors. In some cases, physicians will also perform surgical biopsies to confirm a glioblastoma.

Once a glioblastoma has been diagnosed, the size, location and type will determine the course of treatment. Thanks to continued financial support from donors, Northwestern Medicine can offer the best treatment at its renowned facilities throughout the greater Chicago area for testing and treatments for patients and their families dealing with the effects of glioblastomas. Craniotomy is the most common type of surgery performed for brain tumor removal. This involves opening the skull and extracting the tumor. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are also treatment options that may be used alone or coupled with surgery. Your physician will develop a custom treatment approach to eliminate tumor, taking into account its type and location.

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Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will go to advance research and clinical trials at Northwestern Medicine. Donors help us pinpoint diagnostic and treatment options for those afflicted with glioblastomas. Aiding in our constant effort to find a cure, each contribution helps glioblastoma become a problem of the past.

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