According to Cancer Australia, astrocytomas develop from a glial cell called an astrocyte. This is a cell that supports the nerve cells in the brain. The terms ‘astrocytoma’ and ‘glioma’ are often used interchangeably.
Astrocytomas/Gliomas are categorised as low or high grade according to how ‘aggressive’ the tumour cells look under a microscope.
- Astrocytoma – CanTeen: Brief overview including diagnosis and treatment.
- Childhood astrocytomas treatment – National Cancer Institute: General information on staging, treatment and recurrence.
- Gliomas in children – Cancer Research UK: Overview including treatment options and various types of glioma.
- Caring for someone with a brain tumour – Cancer Council: Information about caring for adults and children with brain tumours.
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