Myths and Facts About Glioblastoma

Nov 15, 2023
Myths and Facts About Glioblastoma
Though it’s a rare form of cancer, glioblastoma is an aggressive brain tumor. There are many misconceptions about this form of cancer. Here, we separate the myths from the facts.

There is no denying that brain cancer is a serious disease. Glioblastoma is a rare form of cancer, expected to affect about 14,500 Americans in 2023. That said, it’s an aggressive form of cancer.

There are many myths and misconceptions about glioblastoma. As experts in advanced glioblastoma treatments, our team at Coast Neurosurgical Associates, located in Long Beach, California, wants to provide you with the most up-to-date information. Therefore, we’ve prepared this review of some common myths surrounding this severe form of cancer. Keep reading to learn more. 

Myths about glioblastoma

Any cancer affecting the brain is serious. In fact, most are metastatic. That means the cancer starts elsewhere in the body, spreading to the brain as tumors. Metastatic brain tumors are five times more common than primary tumors. 

Myth: glioblastoma can’t be treated

Glioblastoma is often wrongly considered inoperable. There are surgical procedures to resection tumors, though it’s not always possible to surgically remove all the tendrils that this type of cancer creates through the brain. 

At Coast Neurosurgical Associates, we also use electrical tumor treating fields (TTFs), radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy to treat this cancer. 

Myth: cell phone radiation causes glioblastoma

There’s no proven evidence connecting cell phone use with glioblastoma. In fact, glioblastoma rates have been stable during the previous decade, while the use of smartphones has increased. 

Myth: a keto diet can cure glioblastoma

You can’t starve a glioblastoma tumor by choosing a low carbohydrate diet. In fact, a keto diet may stress your body as you go through cancer treatment. A diet rich in nutrients, including carbohydrates, helps your body face these challenges. 

Myth: glioblastoma runs in families

While glioblastoma runs in certain families in rare cases, genetics are not a primary risk factor for acquiring this cancer. More common risks include exposure to ionizing radiation and age. While glioblastoma can happen at any age, it’s most common in people between the ages of 45 and 65

Myth: Chemo for glioblastoma will make your hair fall out

Not all chemotherapy for cancer causes hair loss. Temozolomide is the most common therapy for glioblastoma, which doesn’t usually cause hair loss. Radiation causes hair loss at the point where the beam enters, but it isn't permanent. 

Learn more about glioblastoma and its treatments by consulting with our doctors at Coast Neurosurgical Associates in Long Beach, California. Reach out to our office by phone or online to schedule your visit today.