An astrocytoma is a brain tumor that affects a type of glial cell known as an astrocyte. The astrocytes provide various supportive functions in the central nervous system, including repair processes, the provision of nutrients and the regulation of electrical impulses in the brain. As an astrocytoma grows, it may cause symptoms such as headaches, seizures, memory loss, nausea, blurred vision or behavioral changes. It is generally when symptoms appear that an astrocytoma is first diagnosed.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, the multispecialty team that makes up our Neuro-Oncology Program has a high level of experience in diagnosing and treating astrocytomas. Our experts include neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, neuropathologists, neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists and neuropsychologists who collaborate to ensure our patients receive the best possible treatment and care. At Moffitt, we recognize that no two cases are the same, which is why each patient receives a treatment plan that is tailored to his or her unique needs. This individualized approach helps improve our patients’ likelihood of achieving a positive outcome and an improved quality of life.
Moffitt Cancer Center offers all diagnostic and treatment services in a single location, making it convenient for our patients to receive the dedicated treatment and care they need. Our treatment options for astrocytoma include chemotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and molecular therapy. Additionally, Moffitt is dedicated to continually advancing our knowledge of astrocytomas. We’ve earned the designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center from the National Cancer Institute for our commitment to researching the most effective methods for preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. We spearhead a robust clinical trials program, and eligible patients who choose to participate can benefit from the latest and most advanced treatments before those options become widely available.
If you would like to meet with a Moffitt physician to discuss your astrocytoma diagnosis or treatment options, fill out a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-663-3488 . No referral is required.