Astrocytoma is a tumor that arises from astrocytes—star-shaped cells that make up the supportive tissue of the brain. Most astrocytomas in children are benign and grow slowly, but are more aggressive in adults. They are most common in men older than 45 years of age.
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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by astrocytoma. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Intraoperative MRI enables our surgeons to view 3-D images of astrocytomas during surgery, helping them remove more of the tumor. Patients also generally recover more quickly.