Disease Information

Brain Tumor: Oligodendroglioma

What is an oligodendroglioma?

Oligodendrogliomas are rare brain tumors that affect cells called oligodendrocytes, which cover and protect nerve cells. Oligodendrogliomas develop in areas of the brain called cerebral lobes, with 50 percent occurring in the frontal lobe. Oligodendrogliomas can be low (grade II) or high-grade tumors (III or IV).

How common is oligodendroglioma?

What are the symptoms of oligodendroglioma?

Many patients with oligodendrogliomas have no symptoms. The symptoms are usually directly related to the tumor’s location. The symptoms that may occur can also be related to other diseases or conditions:

How is oligodendroglioma treated?

Oligodendroglioma treatment may include the following:

Following surgery or biopsy, radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy may be used.

Oligodendrogliomas sometimes return. These patients may need more surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other investigational treatments.

What are the survival rates for oligodendrogliomas?

Why choose St. Jude for your child’s oligodendroglioma treatment?

Contact the Brain Tumor Team any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call our Brain Tumor Coordinator, Tabatha E. Doyle, RN:
(901) 595-2544 or
(901) 595-4599

Or email us at braintumors@stjude.org


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