Advice and resources for those diagnosed with GBM.
Getting a GBM diagnosis can be terrifying and fill you with numerous emotions and questions.
You can feel alone and isolated, but help is at hand. Find out about the GBM Standard of Care, important questions to ask your doctor, tissue collection, and requesting a second opinion.
The majority of brain tumors are diagnosed following the appearance of symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, confusion or problems with walking or talking, all the way to seizures. For fast growing tumors, the onset of symptoms can be quite sudden. Brain tumors cause increased intracranial pressure, which can lead to headaches or strokes in more serious cases.
People with GBM can have different symptoms depending on the location of the tumor, because the functions of nearby brain regions are more likely to be affected. Sometimes the first sign of a tumor comes through an optician spotting an irregular presence during an eye test.
Brain scans are used to detect tumors. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is most commonly used for diagnosis. This can not only confirm the presence of a tumor, but also provide information about the size and which area of the brain it occupies.
For people who cannot undergo MRI scans, computerized tomography (CAT) scans can be used for diagnosis.