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Glioblastoma Specialist

Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas

Neurosurgery & Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Neurosurgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Glioblastomas account for more than half of primary brain tumors and about 17% of all brain tumors. Board-certified, multi-fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Scott Glickman, DO, FACOS, has expertise in treating glioblastomas at the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas. If you or a loved one has a glioblastoma, call the office in Las Vegas, Nevada, today or request an appointment online.

Glioblastoma Q & A

What is glioblastoma?

Also called glioblastoma multiforme or grade IV astrocytoma, glioblastomas are cancerous tumors that show up in the brain or spinal cord. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of glial tumor, which arises from star-shaped cells called astrocytes that support your nervous system.

Glioblastomas can affect people of all ages but are most common in older adults 45-70.

How do I know if I have a glioblastoma?

Symptoms of a glioblastoma vary depending on where the tumor is, but can include:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • New seizures
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in personality or mood
  • Changes in cognitive abilities
  • Difficulty speaking that gradually gets worse

Call your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. If they think you have a brain tumor, they can refer you to Dr. Glickman at the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas.

How is a glioblastoma diagnosed?

First, Dr. Glickman conducts a thorough neurological exam and asks you about your symptoms. He checks your hearing, vision, and reflexes, among other things, to reveal information about the part of your brain that’s affected by the tumor.

Dr. Glickman will usually order imaging procedures, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. He could also biopsy the tumor. A biopsy involves removing a small tissue sample with a needle for lab testing.

What are the treatment options for glioblastoma?

Glioblastomas can be challenging to treat. At the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas, Dr. Glickman works with a team of cancer professionals to create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Surgery is the primary treatment for glioblastomas. Dr. Glickman removes as much of the tumor as possible without damaging the surrounding tissue. Because glioblastomas grow into healthy brain tissue, radiation and chemotherapy usually follow surgery. These treatments target the remaining cancerous cells.

Other treatments, like gene therapy, immunotherapy, and highly focused radiation therapy, are available through clinical trials. Dr. Glickman discusses your options and recommends the best approach for you.

For advanced glioblastoma treatment, call the Center for Neurosurgery Las Vegas today, or book an appointment online.