Glioblastoma can develop at any age (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)
Glioblastoma Awareness Day — which is being observed today, July 20 — seeks to encourage increased public awareness about glioblastoma — an aggressive form of cancerthat develops in the brain or spinal cord.
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“Although glioblastoma can develop at any age, it affects older persons more often. Seizures, nausea, vomiting, and increasing headachesare all possible effects,” said Dr Kunal Bahrani, director of neurology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad.
According to the expert, it can be very challenging to treat the disease and the cure is frequently not achievable. However, “cancer treatments may lessen symptoms and delay the disease’s progression”.
*Nausea or vomiting
*Confusionor a decline in brain function
*Personality changes or irritability
*Difficulty with balance
*Visionproblems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision
*Seizures, especially in someone without a history of seizures
He added that treatment for the same usually depends on the patient’s medical and personal situations. “It generally includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.”