Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Astrocytoma

Get Email Updates

Related Topics

Astrocytoma Guide

Alison Beaver

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

The Latest in Astrocytoma

ASK Your Health Question

It's FREE and you'll get a response within 24 hours

ASK

Astrocytoma Definition

Definition

Astrocytoma is type of brain tumor. It is a malignant tumor, cancer. This type of tumor arises from small, star-shaped cells in the brain. They are called astrocytes. Astrocytes are one of several types of supporting cells in the brain. These type of cells are called glial cells. An astrocytoma is a subtype of the larger group of brain tumors called gliomas.

Astrocytoma is the most common form of glioma. It may occur anywhere in the brain. It is most commonly found in:

  • The cerebrum in adults—the largest part of the brain
  • The cerebellum—a smaller part of the brain in the rear
  • Brainstem—connects to the spinal cord
  • Optic nerves in children—nerve that leads from the brain to the eye

Brain Tumor

© 2009 Nucleus Medical Art, Inc.

When an astrocytoma is diagnosed, the most important factors are:

  • Grade of tumor (how aggressive it appears when viewed microscopically)
  • Size
  • Location
  • Degree of neurological side effects produced by the tumor
  • Age of the patient

These factors will determine the symptoms, prognosis, and treatment.

View Astrocytoma Definition & Overview

Improved

1632 Health

Changed

607 Lives

Saved

455 Lives
1 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Connect with Women Like You 19 Women Care About this Condition

You're not alone. Connect with other women who are going through what you're going through, who understand and are here for you!

+ Join this Community

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do your teens have their own cellphones?:
View Results