Glioblastoma is an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. Though it can occur at any age, it tends to occur more often in older adults. It can cause worsening headaches, nausea, vomiting and seizures. Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), can be very difficult to treat. It represents about 15 percent of all primary brain tumors. The Brain & Spine Tumor Program at Hollings Cancer Center treats GBM and other tumors through advances in medical and surgical therapies and a broadened array of clinical trials.

MUSC Health Neurosciences

MUSC Health has one of the nation’s largest and most experienced teams of neuroscience specialists.

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Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU)

The NSICU is the only academic unit in the state and the only unit staffed by fellowship-trained neurointensivists.

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Virtual Tumor Board

The Virtual Neuro-oncology Tumor Board provides specialty consultation remotely for patients with brain tumors.

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"My experience has been to stay positive and not be down. Look forward to every day that you're gonna get out of bed in the morning."

- Mark Siwik, Glioblastoma patient

Patient Story

Meet Julian Smith, a longtime MUSC employee, who has had three bouts with four different types of cancer. He wanted to turn his condition from a negative to a positive so he created a glioblastoma fund for cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center.

 Julian E. Smith Glioblastoma Fund

Julian Smith
Dr. David Cachia

"We want people to know there is hope."

- Dr. David Cachia, Neuro-oncologist

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