Usually brain tumors are named for the cells in which they initially develop. Glial cells are the cells that surround and support the brain's nerve cells. When a tumor develops here, it is known as glioma.
There are several types of glioma, including astrocytomas, ependymomas and oligodendrobliomas. A mixed glioma contains one or more of these cell types in the same tumor. As such, a tumor may be referred to as an oligoastrocytoma, since the tumor has the characteristics of both types of cells.
Depending on the patient‘s specific diagnosis, possible treatment options could include Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery or traditional brain surgery approaches.