Astrocytomas are tumors that begin in a brain cell called an “astrocyte.” These cells help give your brain its structure. An astrocytoma can form in your brain, in your brain stem, or in your spinal cord. There are many types of cancerous and non-cancerous astrocytomas, and can grow slowly or quickly.
How a Tumor Forms
Tumors start with a problem in a cell’s DNA. These are the blueprints that tell cells how to grow and what to do. The DNA problem makes the cell multiply out of control. An astrocytoma tumor is a lump of these bad cells.
We don’t know exactly what causes an astrocytoma. It may be linked to DNA passed down from your parents. A virus can damage your DNA. And something where you work or live may cause the problem. Astrocytomas are common in men than women, and most often shows up after age 45.
A growing astrocytoma can press against your brain. It can change the way your brain works. You may have headaches and seizures. You may lose your memory, and you may act differently. You may have other problems, depending on the size and location of your tumor.
Early symptoms can include:
- Blurry Vision
- Memory Loss
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Changes in Behavior
Expert Evaluation & Treatment for Astrocytomas in Baton Rouge, LA
There are several types of astrocytomas, and treatment will depend on your tumor and your needs. You may benefit from surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other options. The NeuroMedical Center offers a team of brain tumor specialists who possess the advanced knowledge and training to best evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate your astrocytoma.