The 5 Key Things People Should Know About Glioblastoma
If you or someone you know shows signs of or has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare form of brain cancer, there are five key things you should know:
- Glioblastoma occurs primarily is people ages 41-60. While there are always outliers, this is an important piece of the puzzle for anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of the often-fatal form of brain cancer. The cancer, which develops in the supportive tissues of the brain can spread quickly because the brain is supported by a large network of blood vessels and the cancer cells reproduce quickly.
- Be aware of the symptoms of glioblastoma in yourself and loved ones. Common symptoms include: vomiting, loss of appetite, gradual onset of speech difficulty, changes in mood and personality, changes in ability to think and learn, persistent headaches, blurred or double vision, onset of seizures, and muscle weakness. While these symptoms can be similar in nature to a stroke, individuals with glioblastoma will not experience numbness or paralysis as with a stroke.
- Risk factors that may increase the likelihood of developing glioblastoma are sugar intake and exposure to carbon tetrachloride. Research shows that individuals that consume a high level of sugar are more likely to develop certain cancers, including glioblastoma. Brain cells use sugar as fuel, so the more sugar in your body, the faster cancer cells in the brain can reproduce and grow. Carbon tetrachloride was commonly used in fire extinguishers, as an early form of refrigerant, and as a cleaning agent until the 1980s when environmental concerns began to limit its use. While this risk only applies to a small percentage of people, individuals who worked in certain industries and were regularly exposed to the compound are at a higher risk for developing glioblastoma.
- To reduce your risk of developing glioblastoma and improve brain health, each a diet rich in plant-based phytonutrients. Phytonutrients or phytochemicals help your body work properly and prevent disease. They are found in colorful fruits and vegetables such as apples, berries, kale, onions, green tea, flaxseeds, broccoli, and more. With glioblastoma, phytonutrients can help protect the brain from stress at a molecular level. At Causenta, we believe that this is key to cancer treatment and supporting overall health. You can download our rainbow chart to get started today.
- When considering treatment options, focus on integration. Glioblastoma multiforme is a deadly cancer. Most treatments do not work, especially as a standalone solution. You need to find a team that can integrate the best of both worlds – surgery, chemotherapy, diet, exercise – to help you survive long-term and win the battle with cancer. At Causenta, our patient care teams include an oncologist, nutritionist, social worker, strength coach, and others to continually create and tweak solutions for each patient that will help us attack cancer cells in multiple ways to beat the disease.
If you are interested in learning more about glioblastoma multiforme and personalized treatment options at Causenta, schedule a free 30-minute consultation.
About the Author
Dr. Thomas is the founder and CEO of Causenta Wellness, and the Causenta Cancer Treatment Center in Arizona. From working with NFL, MLB, MMA, World Class athletes and even the White House, his reputation of personalized medicine and cutting-edge technologies has put him on the map, caring for some of the most powerful people in the world, making him one of the most sought-after healthcare professionals of all time.