Tumors start with a problem in a cell's DNA. These are the blueprints that tell cells how to grow and what to do. The DNA problem makes the cell multiply out of control. An astrocytoma tumor is a lump of these bad cells. They can grow slowly or quickly. Here at MD West ONE, we have Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists that can properly diagnose any spinal or neurological issues.
Signs and Symptoms
A growing astrocytoma can press against your brain, causing:
- Change the way your brain works
- Headaches and seizures
- Memory Loss
- Change in behavior
- Depending on location and size you may present other issues
What is an astrocytoma?
This is a tumor that begins in a brain cell called an"astrocyte." These cells help give your brain its structure. An astrocytoma can form in your brain, in your brain stem, or in your spinal cord. There are many types of astrocytomas. They can be cancerous or noncancerous. They can grow slowly or quickly. A doctor can figure out the specific type you have.
What can cause an astrocytoma?
We don't know exactly what causes an astrocytoma. It may be linked to DNA passed down from your parents. A virus can damage your DNA. And something, where you work or live, may cause the problem.
What type of treatment is offered for astrocytomas?
Treatment depends on your tumor and your needs. You may benefit from surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other options. Your provider will create a care plan that is right for you.