- The NCI (National Cancer Institute) defines GBM (Glioblastoma Multiforme) as a fast-growing type of central nervous system tumor that forms from glial (supportive) tissue of the brain and spinal cord and has cells that look very different from normal cells. Glioblastoma usually occurs in adults and affects the brain more often than the spinal cord. Also called GBM, glioblastoma multiforme, and grade IV astrocytoma. The median survival time for patients with GBM is 15 to 16 months in people who get surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. Median means half of all patients with this tumor survive to this length of time”,
- According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 18,500 people will be diagnosed with brain tumors and other nervous system cancers this year, and nearly 13,000 will die. Brain tumors account for 85 to 90 percent of all primary central nervous system tumors.
- Cancer is the number two killer behind heart disease. 560,000 people will die of cancer and 1,382,400 new cases will be diagnosed this year.
- Of the primary sites of cancer, brain tumors rank 9th in women and 11th in men.
- GBM tumors are graded from low grade (Grade I) to high grage (Grade IV). High-grade tumors have cells that are more abnormal, grow faster, and are more malignant than low-grade tumors.
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