If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, then you’ve got questions. You should know there is a Glioblastoma Foundation to which you can go for answers. Before you do, though, you can gain some basic knowledge and understanding here.
Is Glioblastoma Brain Cancer?
Let’s begin with what a glioblastoma is. Breaking it down, “glioma” is a tumor located in the wet, binding portion of the brain tissues. The cells in the tissues support the neurons operating in the brain.
A blastoma is cancer that begins in immature or underdeveloped cells. So we have a brain tumor made from undeveloped cells that affect the neurons of the brain. Yes, this is brain cancer.
Glioblastoma By The Numbers
Only three in 100,000 people get this type of brain cancer. Persons aged 45 to 70, with the average age being 64, tend to contract glioblastoma. It’s almost never seen in children. As of 2018, 300 clinical trials are underway studying glioblastoma.
Glioblastoma Foundation professionals will show you some of the statistics: 6.8 percent of patients survive the disease for five years. However, the general survival rate for patients is six to 15 months. Don’t despair, though, because the survival record is 17 years and is held by Carmen Rice.
Myth-Busting By Glioblastoma Foundation Professionals
It’s astounding how rumors and false information get into the public domain. From there, it goes from myth to “fact,” such as:
• Myth: Cell phone radiation or Bluetooth causes brain cancer.
Reality: No study anywhere at any time has shown that cell phones, Bluetooth, and cancer are linked. Cell phone and Bluetooth use have exploded worldwide, but glioblastoma hasn’t.
• Myth: The Keto diet can cure glioblastoma.
Reality: The foods you eat affect the brain’s neurons. The cells connected with these neurons are the focus of glioblastoma. Eating healthily, therefore, is essential to the brain’s health. The Keto diet isn’t healthy (too much emphasis on unhealthy fats.)
• Myth: A brain tumor won’t come back if it’s removed.
Reality: Au contraire. The cells can hide beneath other tissues, and they can be missed by the surgeon. These can and do grow back into malignant glioblastoma as time passes. The only thing that can and does kill all the cancerous cells for good is radiation and/or chemotherapy. The Glioblastoma Foundation will give you information on all the many treatment options.