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Glioma is a common type of tumor originating in the brain, originating in the glial cells that surround and support neurons in the brain.
The multidisciplinary team of world-class specialists from several departments within Johns Hopkins Medicine works together to deliver seamless, comprehensive treatment plans informed by the latest research.
Learn about a new clinical trial testing a combination of medicines for the treatment of glioma.
Johns Hopkins offers a specialized team within the Brain Tumor Center for the treatment of gliomas. To request an appointment, please call 410-955-6406.
What You Need to Know
- There are several different kinds of glioma that vary in cell characteristics, location and severity, including astrocytoma (including glioblastoma), brain stem glioma, ependymoma, mixed glioma, oligodendroglioma and optic nerve glioma.
- Symptoms may include headache, seizures, weakness in the arms, face or legs, numbness or speech problems.
- Gliomas are diagnosed by MRI or other brain imaging, along with a biopsy to determine the type and grade.
- Treatment may include observation, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these modalities.
View an infographic: Advancements in Brain Tumor Treatment .
Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of glioma?
The multidisciplinary team includes experts in neurosurgery, neurology, critical care, nursing, radiology, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology and speech-language pathology.
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The Johns Hopkins Glioma Center offers a range of therapies for glioma taking into account location, symptoms, risk and potential benefit for each patient.Learn more about glioma treatment at our Center.
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Jon Weingart, M.D., discusses low grade gliomas in this podcast.
Brain cancer research at Johns Hopkins is advancing the understanding of brain tumors and creating a fertile environment for innovation and implementation of new therapies to improve survival and quality of life for our patients.
Brain Tumor: Carlos's Story
Diagnosed with a grade two astrocytoma brain tumor, Carlos Luceno is currently living with brain cancer. Carlos is receiving his treatment and care from Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Henry Brem at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center.