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Glioblastoma is a cancer that affects the astrocytes, which are a type of cell found in the brain and spinal cord. This form of cancer can occur anywhere astrocytes are found but most commonly develops in the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain. There are a wide range of treatment options available for glioblastoma, and advancements in these therapies continue to improve the outcomes and quality of life of patients with this type of cancer.

How is glioblastoma treated?

Although there is no cure for glioblastoma, patients with this malignancy have many treatment options available to them. These include:

  • Awake craniotomies
  • Debulking surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Visualase
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biological therapies
  • Immunotherapies
  • Genetic therapies

In many cases, surgery is recommended in combination with one or more other treatment techniques. The best possible treatment for you will depend on many factors that are unique to you, which is why it is important that you receive a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs.

How can Moffitt help me?

At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team that makes up our Neuro-Oncology Program collaborates as a tumor board to review patient cases, ensuring that all of our patients receive individualized treatment plans. In addition to the treatments currently available for glioblastoma, eligible patients at Moffitt may also choose to participate in a clinical trial, which may gain them access to the latest and most advanced therapies before they are available elsewhere. Our commitment to furthering glioblastoma research through our robust clinical trials program has earned us the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute – and we are the only such center based in Florida.

If you would like to discuss your glioblastoma treatment options with a physician at Moffitt, complete a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488. We welcome patients with or without a referral.