Glioblastoma Early Detection

Comprehensive Cancer Centers shines a light on Glioblastoma (GBM), the most common, complex, treatment-resistant, and deadliest type of brain cancer by honoring Glioblastoma Awareness Day. The National Brain Tumor Society spearheaded the creation of this annual event in 2019 to provide support to survivors and their loved ones.

This year on July 21, the National Brain Tumor Society is virtually gathering leading researchers, members of congress, patients, caregivers, and friends for a day of educational programming, community discussions, and more. Glioblastoma Awareness Day gatherings offer the opportunity to take time to remember those who are no longer with us, and to honor everyone working hard to find new treatment options that improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.

What is Glioblastoma?

The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers focuses on glioblastoma, and supports the National Brain Tumor Society’s efforts to raise awareness of the disease by sharing some of the following facts:

  • Glioblastoma is among the most complex, deadly, and treatment-resistant cancers, with approximately 13,000 Americans receiving a glioblastoma diagnosis in 2021.
  • Glioblastoma is the most commonly occurring primary malignant brain tumor, accounting for 14.5% of all tumors, and 48.6% of all malignant tumors and it estimated that more than 10,000 Americans succumb to glioblastoma each year.
  • The five-year survival rate for glioblastoma patients is 7.2% and the median length of survival is eight months with the average age at diagnosis 65 years old, with the disease striking individuals at all ages and demographics.
  • Despite first being identified in scientific literature in the 1920s, there are only four FDA approved drugs – and one device – to treat glioblastoma.
  • More than any other cancer, brain tumors, such as glioblastoma, can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.
  • Brain tumors, including glioblastoma, represent the highest per-patient initial cost of care for any cancer group

Glioblastoma has unfortunately generated awareness due to the prominent Americans who have lost their lives to the disease. Some of these people include Beau Biden (son of President Joe Biden) Gary Carter (Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player); U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, U.S. Senator John McCain and Edward “Tug” McGraw (Major League Baseball player and father of country music star and actor, Tim McGraw).

Despite these daunting facts and figures and stories of those impacted by the disease, there is hope. Science is advancing rapidly and there are promising research strategies moving forward, with practices such as Comprehensive contributing new learnings to the treatment of cancers through clinical research. At Comprehensive, our shining light of hope comes from Susan, a glioblastoma survivor and patient of Dr. Anthony Nguyen, medical oncologist and Dr. Matthew Schwartz, radiation oncologist. To learn more about her amazing story, click here.

Symptoms of Glioblastoma

As with any cancer, the success rate for treatment of glioblastoma increases with early detection. A challenge however, with the disease is that many of its symptoms can be easily dismissed as the result of fatigue or just part of life that comes with getting older.  Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Loss of appetite or vomiting
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Changes in ability to think and learn
  • New onset of seizures
  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset

The team at Comprehensive Cancer urges those with these symptoms to have them checked out. Given the challenging nature of treating the disease, detecting glioblastoma as soon as possible is critical. As with any other red flags of concern with your personal health, make sure to take charge and talk to your doctors if anything seems not normal.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for glioblastoma and other cancers, as well as breast health conditions, pulmonary disease and sleep disorders, world-class clinical research and immunotherapy.  To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.


The content in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.