The first step when experiencing new or worsening neurological symptoms is to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. If he or she suspects that a low-grade glioma may be the cause of your symptoms, you will likely need to undergo a full neurological exam and an imaging test to determine if a tumor is present. The following diagnostic imaging tests are commonly used when making a low-grade glioma diagnosis:
- CT scans
If the imaging studies suggest that you have a brain tumor, you should schedule an appointment with a specialist who can confirm or rule out a low-grade glioma diagnosis.
If a tumor is found on imaging, a surgery designed to remove as much tumor as possible or a biopsy-alone will likely be performed to determine the type of tumor and its grade. After a sample of the tumor is collected, the cells will be analyzed under a microscope. If the tumor is diagnosed as a low-grade glioma, a patient’s treatment team can proceed with discussing the patient’s prognosis and treatment plan.
Low-grade glioma diagnosis and treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center
Patients who have symptoms of a low-grade glioma or those who have already received a low-grade glioma diagnosis are encouraged to come to Moffitt Cancer Center. Our high-volume cancer center treats a large number of patients with all kinds of brain tumors, including low-grade gliomas. We offer diagnostic tests to those experiencing symptoms of low-grade gliomas as well as those who have already been diagnosed and would like to receive a second opinion. Those who come to Moffitt for treatment benefit from the expertise of the multispecialty team in our Neuro-Oncology Program and an individualized treatment plan to help ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life.
If you would like to speak with a Moffitt oncologist about a low-grade glioma diagnosis, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to request an appointment.