What is Anaplastic Astrocytoma of the Spinal Cord?
Anaplastic Astrocytoma of the Spinal Cord is a rare type of spinal cord cancer that originates from a particular type of cells called astrocytic glial cells. Astrocytic glial cells are the cells that form tissues that envelop and protect the other nerve cells found within the brain and spinal cord.
There is no well-known cause, however, certain hereditary and genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of anaplastic astrocytoma of the spinal cord. Moreover, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, certain chemicals, ionizing radiation or poor diet, and prolonged stressful conditions can trigger these hereditary and genetic tendencies that are responsible for the development of anaplastic astrocytoma of the spinal cord.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of anaplastic astrocytoma of the brain depend upon the site, size, and extent of the tumor. Most of the symptoms develop due to the increased pressure of the tumor on the deep and nearby parts of the brain. Anaplastic astrocytoma of the brain develops over a prolonged period but grows rapidly. The common symptoms are
- Constant headache
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Altered level of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty in walking and writing
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are;
- Imaging techniques like Chest X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Tumor biopsy (tumor biopsy to remove a small sample of tissue for histopathological examination)
- USG guided fine needle aspiration cytology
Surgical resection (surgical removal of the damaged part of the body) of the tumor is the main treatment; other treatment options are chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
What Support can we Give for Anaplastic Astrocytoma of the Spinal Cord?
Anaplastic Astrocytoma of the Spinal Cord is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Anaplastic Astrocytoma of the Spinal Cord, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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