Brain cancers like glioblastoma are not classified by stages. Instead, brain cancers are given a grade. Similar to stages, grades range from 1 to 4, with a higher number signifying a more aggressive form of cancer. Individuals from St. Petersburg, Florida, who seek diagnosis or treatment for glioblastoma, can turn to nearby Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Because glioblastomas are a particularly aggressive form of astrocytoma, they are always given a grade 4 classification. This means that glioblastoma cells:
- Reproduce at a rapid rate
- May invade other parts of the brain
- Have very few characteristics of healthy cells, if any
- Form tumors that have their own blood vessels
Due to the highly aggressive nature of glioblastoma, it is important that individuals who have this type of malignancy seek treatment at a high-volume cancer center where physicians have extensive experience in treating complex, high-grade brain cancers. Residents of St. Petersburg, FL, can find such treatment just across the bridge at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where we provide comprehensive glioblastoma treatment to give each patient the best chance at a favorable outcome and an improved quality of life. To do this, the multispecialty team of experts who make up our Neuro-Oncology Program extensively review each new case, allowing a course of treatment to be developed that has been tailored to meet the specific needs of each patient.
Patients seeking glioblastoma treatment at Moffitt may also have the opportunity to benefit from our robust clinical trials program, through which patients have access to the latest breakthroughs in treatment before they are made available elsewhere. Moffitt remains committed to advancing glioblastoma research and treatment, and our efforts have earned us the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute.
If you live in St. Petersburg, FL, and would like to learn more about cancer stages and glioblastoma grades and how this malignancy is treated at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to schedule a consultation.