Oligodendroglioma

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Oligodendroglioma

Oligodendroglioma is a rare tumor that begins in oligodendrocytes, one of the types of cells that make up the supportive, or glial, tissue of the brain. They can be classified as low grade (grade II) or high grade (grade III) which refers to the how abnormal the tumor cells appear and suggests how fast the tumor may grow or spread. Type III is more aggressive than type II. This type of tumor can be found anywhere in the brain but are most commonly found in the frontal or temporal lobes (front or side of the brain). Symptoms vary depending on the size and location of the tumor but may include headaches, seizures, personality changes, one-sided weakness, and difficulty with short-term memory. Vision problems have also been reported due to added pressure on the brain. Tumors located in the temporal lobes often do not show symptoms for a long time. In general, these types of tumors are considered slow-growing so symptoms may not arise long after it begins to grow.

The cause of oligodendroglioma is not fully known, but both genetics and exposure to radiation are potential links to the development of the tumor. The majority of these tumors do no develop until mid-life, around 40 to 50 years old. Diagnosis may be made through a CT or MRI scan, a biopsy, or a combination of these methods. Treatment varies depending on the type, size, and placement of the tumor, but may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, steroids, or other medications. Talk to your doctor if you think you or your child may have oligodendroglioma.

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Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

Our Mission: to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. We are focused on speeding the pace of research that will lead to new brain tumor therapies and, ultimately, a cure. We take an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector. We have an enterprising attitude, we promote scientific collaboration and we're committed to measurable results.

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2013

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National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels. It’s time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today.

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2014

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Following organizations serve the condition "Oligodendroglioma" for support, advocacy or research.

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

Our Mission: to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. We are focused on speeding the pace of research that will lead to new brain tumor therapies and, ultimately, a cure. We take an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector. We have an enterprising attitude, we promote scientific collaboration and we're committed to measurable results.

http://www.abc2.org

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2013

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National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels. It’s time to build on progress and transform tomorrow, today.

http://braintumor.org/

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2014

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Oligodendroglioma" returned 87 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Differential hypermethylation of death-associated protein kinase promoter in central neurocytoma and oligodendroglioma.
 

Author(s): Chia-Li Chung, Hung Pei Tsai, Cheng-Yu Tsai, Wan-Tzu Chen, Ann-Shung Lieu, Chih-Jen Wang, Jason Sheehan, Chee-Yin Chai, Aij-Lie Kwan

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():506458.

 

Central neurocytoma and oligodendroglioma are rare tumors of the central nervous system. However, diagnosis between these two types of tumors is challenging due to their many cytological and histological similarities. Death-associated protein kinase (DAPK) is a calcium/calmodulin-regulated ...

Last Updated: 30 May 2014

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Intramedullary spinal cord and leptomeningeal metastases from intracranial low-grade oligodendroglioma.
 

Author(s): Nipun Verma, Craig Nolan, Miki Hirano, Robert J Young

Journal: Clin Imaging. ;38(4):505-7.

 

We present an unusual case of a patient with an intracranial low-grade oligodendroglioma who developed recurrence with an intramedullary spinal cord metastasis and multiple spinal leptomeningeal metastases. The intramedullary spinal cord metastasis showed mild enhancement similar ...

Last Updated: 9 Jun 2014

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Well-differentiated pediatric glial neoplasms with features of oligodendroglioma, angiocentric glioma and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors: a morphological diagnostic challenge.
 

Author(s): Hande Keser, Michael Barnes, Gregory Moes, Han Sung Lee, Tarık Tıhan

Journal: Turk Patoloji Derg. 2014 ;30(1):23-9.

 

Oligodendrogliomas are rare in the pediatric population, and most oligodendroglioma-like tumors in this age group may belong to other entities. In addition, accurate diagnosis and grading of such lesions using criteria developed for adult oligodendrogliomas prove difficult, and often controversial.

Last Updated: 22 Jan 2014

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The terms "Oligodendroglioma" returned 12 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Secondary oligodendroglioma after postoperative irradiation for medulloblastoma: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Hong-Lin He, Ying-En Lee, Han-Jung Chen, Chao-Tien Hsu, Yu-Yi Huang, I-Wei Chang

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Medulloblastoma, a malignant, invasive embryonal tumor of the cerebellum, occurs most often in children. It has high metastatic potential and is usually treated by aggressive multimodal therapy, including surgery, chemotherapy and craniospinal irradiation. Multiple secondary tumors ...

Last Updated: 12 May 2014

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Occipital anaplastic oligodendroglioma with multiple organ metastases after a short clinical course: a case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Gang Li, Zhiguo Zhang, Jianghong Zhang, Tianbo Jin, Hongjuan Liang, Li Gong, Guangbin Cui, Haixia Yang, Shiming He, Yongsheng Zhang, Guodong Gao

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It is generally believed that malignant gliomas never metastasize outside the central nervous system (CNS). However, the notion that oligodendrogliomas (OGDs) cells cannot spread outside CNS is being challenged.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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Multicentric oligodendroglioma: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Pamela Garcia Pulido, James Neal, Shawn Halpin, Khalid Hamandi

Journal: Seizure. 2013 Jul;22(6):480-2.

 

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2013

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Temozolomide in Relapsed or Advanced Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma and Oligoastrocytoma: Single-arm, Phase II Trial
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma

 

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2015

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Carboplatin, Melphalan, Etoposide Phosphate, Mannitol, and Sodium Thiosulfate in Treating Patients With Previously Treated Brain Tumors
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Adult Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma; Adult Mixed Glioma; Adult Oligodendroglioma; Recurrent Adult Brain Neoplasm

 

Last Updated: 7 Aug 2015

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