- This tumour is also called low-grade astrocytoma and is more common in men than women.
- Brain tumour experts agree that while diffuse astrocytomas are usually slow-growing, they should not be considered “non-malignant.”
- They may be found anywhere in the brain but are most common in the cerebral hemispheres – the “thinking” part of the brain.
- Tend to invade surrounding tissue and grow at a relatively slow pace.
- Diffuse astrocytomas tend to contain microcysts and mucous-like fluid.
- They are grouped by the appearance and behaviour of the cells for which they are named.
Common symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Memory loss
- Changes in behaviour
Treatment/Standard of Care
Treatment options depend on the overall health of the person, the type, size, and location of the tumour, if and how far it has spread, and previous treatment received. The molecular profile may also guide treatment decisions.
Options may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or even careful observation such as a “wait and see” approach.