Glioblastoma Multiforme

What are glioblastoma multiformes?

Glioblastoma Multiformes (GBMs) are high-grade gliomas that arise from the brain’s supportive tissue, known as glial cells. These are aggressive tumors that rapidly infiltrate adjacent healthy brain tissue and, as a result, are difficult to treat.

  • The majority of GBMs, roughly 65%, occur in the cerebral hemispheres, which control higher functions like speech, movement, thought and sensation.
  • These tumors are usually diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 9, and occur in boys and girls equally.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s approaches glioblastoma multiforme

Children with GBMs are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Glioma Program, one of the world's largest treatment programs focused on this kind of cancer. Our pediatric neuro-oncology and pediatric neurosurgical specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of gliomas, including GBMs.

Find in-depth information on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including answers to:

  • What are the symptoms of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)?
  • What is the treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)?
  • What is the latest research on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)?