About Astrocytoma

About Astrocytoma

(pronounced ass-tro-sigh-toe-ma).

Astrocytomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour and are part of a larger group of brain tumours called gliomas.  Astrocytoma starts in glial cells called astrocytes. Astrocytoma can occur in the brain or the spinal cord. They affect both adults and children.

Signs and Symptoms

Astrocytoma signs and symptoms depend on the location of the tumour. Astrocytomas that occur in the brain can cause seizures, headaches and nausea. Astrocytomas that occur in the spinal cord can cause weakness and disability in the area affected by the growing tumour.

One of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation Music Therapy Grant recipients, John-Paul has an astrocytoma brain tumour. Read John-Paul’s story here

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