Low-grade glioma is a type of brain cancer that forms from the brain itself. A low-grade glioma is classified as a World Health Organization grade 2 tumor and is the slowest-growing type of glioma in adults. If a low-grade glioma progresses to the point that it presses on surrounding healthy brain tissue, symptoms may develop. Low-grade glioma symptoms can vary from patient to patient based on where in the brain the tumor is located.
Seizures are the most common symptom of a low-grade glioma. The seizures can range in severity. Some seizures may be so mild that a person does not realize he or she is having one. Oftentimes, the only signs of a mild seizure are a brief, unexplained dizzy spell, unusual smells or a strange feeling in the stomach. Other people may have more severe seizures that cause uncontrollable shaking.
Other low-grade glioma symptoms
Additional low-grade glioma symptoms can affect speech, vision and motor functions. Common signs of a low-grade glioma include:
- Personality changes
- Difficulty walking
- Physical weakness, especially on one side of the body
- A restricted field of vision
- Difficulty speaking
What to do if you have low-grade glioma symptoms
If you have symptoms of a low-grade glioma, promptly contact a physician who can evaluate your condition and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Moffitt Cancer Center is a high-volume cancer center, and the experts in our Neuro-Oncology Program regularly diagnose and treat patients with all forms of brain cancer, including low-grade gliomas. We offer a number of tests to provide our patients with an accurate diagnosis, and if a low-grade glioma is found, our multispecialty team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help ensure the best possible outcome and quality of life.