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An astrocyte is a type of glial cell that provides various supportive functions in the central nervous system. Astrocytomas are cancerous tumors that develop for unknown reasons in the astrocytes and as they grow may cause various symptoms such as: 

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Behavioral changes

Choosing an Astrocytoma Specialist in Florida

Whether you’re seeking treatment for an astrocytoma or experiencing symptoms and would like to consult a specialist about a diagnosis you’ll understandably want to consult the best neuro-oncology team in Florida.  

Treatment Options

The goal of treating astrocytoma is to remove as much of a tumor as possible whether that be through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.  However, since there is no standard therapy for astrocytoma be sure to talk to your physician about available treatments at their hospital and discuss any potential clinical trials. 


When selecting a surgeon for a condition as delicate as an astrocytoma it’s important to feel comfortable and confident with your doctor. Be sure to ask how many astrocytoma patients they have seen and how often they perform such procedures. 

Clinical Trials

Due to the limited treatment options available for astrocytomas, you may want to consider a hospital or center with a robust clinical trials program. Clinical trials are medical research studies that could give you access to more care options. 

Why Astrocytoma Patients Turn to Moffitt?

Florida residents who are looking for an astrocytoma specialist to provide comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment are encouraged to come to the neuro-oncology clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Specialized Treatment Plans

Our astrocytoma specialists provide all patients with comprehensive individualized care plans to provide the best possible outcome and quality of life. Each patient’s treatment plan is tailored to his or her unique needs and collaboratively developed based on input from multiple specialists. Our astrocytoma experts include:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Neuropathologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Neuropsychologists 
  • Supportive care specialists


As the only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center based in the state of Florida, Moffitt treats more patients than most other centers. This gives our neuro-oncology specialists unparalleled experience when it comes to treating astrocytomas. Your multispecialty team is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of astrocytoma and has come highly specialized in this type of brain tumor. 

If you’d like to consult with some of the best neurosurgeons in Florida, you can schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or submitting a new patient registration form online. We are providing every new patient rapid access to a cancer expert within a day, which is faster than any other cancer hospital in the nation.