Glial cells, which are supportive cells that help brain cells (neurons) function are the most common cellular component of the brain. The most common type of glial cell is an astrocyte and an astrocytoma is a type of glial tumor.
More than three quarters of all gliomas are astrocytomas. Other types of gliomas include oligodendroglioma and ependymoma. Pilocytic astrocytomas, the most benign variant, are rare and found almost exclusively in children. On the other end of the spectrum is the glioblastoma—one of the most malignant tumor types found in the body. Treatment options depend on such factors as tumor location, size, and grade.
The Neuro-ICU cares for patients with all types of neurosurgical and neurological injuries, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. We work in close cooperation with your surgeon or medical doctor with whom you have had initial contact. Together with the surgeon or medical doctor, the Neuro-ICU attending physician and team members direct your family member's care while in the ICU. The Neuro-ICU team consists of the bedside nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians in specialty training (Fellows) and attending physicians. UCLA Neuro ICU Family Guide