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This is the commonest type of brain tumour and arises from the supporting cells of the brain called glial cells. There are three types of glial cells: the astrocyte, the ependymal cell type and the oligodendroglial cell and when these turn into tumours, they are respectively: astrocytomas, ependymomas and oligodendrogliomas.

The most frequently encountered glioma is the grade 4 astrocytoma or glioblastoma multiforme, which is also the most aggressive in terms of destructive invasion of the brain.

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