Glioblastoma Specialist

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine -  - Neurosurgery

CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine

Neurosurgery located in Lone Tree, CO & Englewood, CO

Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of brain cancer that forms in your astrocyte cells before spreading to nearby brain tissue. The neurosurgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine diagnose and treat glioblastoma tumors with brain surgeryThe practice has nine locations in Colorado, including Lone Tree, Englewood, Castle Rock, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Springs, Parker, Yuma, and Lamar. Call the nearest location to schedule a consultation today if you’re concerned about brain cancer or need an expert neurosurgeon.

Glioblastoma Q & A

What is glioblastoma?

Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of brain tumor that begins in the star-shaped astrocyte cells in your brain. These cells support nerve cell health. 

What are the warning signs of a glioblastoma?

A glioblastoma causes various symptoms depending on the specific location of the tumor, including:

  • Persistent, severe headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in personality or mood
  • Changes in ability to learn or think
  • Seizures
  • Gradual development of speech difficulties

If you have symptoms of glioblastoma or another type of brain tumor, it’s critical to make an appointment for a diagnosis. The earlier a glioblastoma is found and treated, the better your chances of survival. 

How is a glioblastoma diagnosed?

The neurosurgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine provide thorough neurological exams and testing to diagnose and locate a glioblastoma. Your doctor asks about your symptoms during your exam and checks your vision, hearing, balance, reflexes, strength, and coordination. 

Your surgeon may order imaging tests such as MRIs, CT scans, and PET scans. The team may collect a biopsy.

How is a glioblastoma treated?

After your surgeon confirms your diagnosis, they collaborate with your oncologist to create a personalized treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include chemotherapy, radiation, tumor-treating fields therapy, and targeted drug therapy. 

The surgeons at CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine offer cutting-edge treatments to remove glioblastoma when appropriate, such as:

Gamma knife radiosurgery

This non-surgical treatment delivers focused beams of radiation to a precise location in your brain. The radiation is specifically targeted to attack the cancer while not damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. 

This treatment doesn’t require an incision, but successfully and safely treats tumors and other brain abnormalities. 

Craniotomy

A craniotomy is a surgical procedure to remove diseased brain tissue, including glioblastoma. Depending on your needs, your surgeon might use the craniotomy to collect a biopsy or to extract the entire tumor. 

If you have any concerns about brain cancer, rapid action is essential to protecting and restoring your health. Call CarePoint Neurosurgery and Spine to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.