July 31st, 2012 | Posted by admin in Malignant Tumor Types

Oligodendroglioma is a type of glioma and develops from cells called oligodendrocytes, which produce the fatty covering that insulates the electrical transmission carried by nerve cells. Often formed in the frontal or temporal lobes, an oligodendroglioma either grows slowly or quickly — known as an anaplastic oligodendroglioma. The tumor may originate as a benign growth, but over time it can develop into a malignant lesion. The location of the tumor produces different symptoms. In the frontal lobe, a tumor may affect mood and personality and possibly cause paralysis on one side of the body. In the temporal lobe a tumor may affect coordination, speech and memory.

When detected early, a small tumor may be treated usuing stereotactic surgery, such as gamma knife treatment. However, a more developed lesion may infiltrate healthy brain tissue, which may require traditional surgery. For more information, visit http://www.braintumorfoundation.org/educate-yourself/tumor-types/oligodendrogliomas.