- Astrocytomas arise from small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. They may grow anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. In adults, astrocytomas most often arise in the cerebrum. In children, they occur in the brain stem, the cerebrum, and the cerebellum. A grade III astrocytoma is sometimes called anaplastic astrocytoma. A grade IV astrocytoma is usually called glioblastoma multiforme.
- Oligodendrogliomas arise in the cells that produce myelin, the fatty covering that protects nerves. These tumors usually arise in the cerebrum. They grow slowly and usually do not spread into surrounding brain tissue.
- Ependymomas usually develop in the lining of the ventricles. They may also occur in the spinal cord. Although these tumors can develop at any age, they are most common in childhood and adolescence.
There are other types of brain tumors that do not begin in glial tissue.
The four-time Grammy winner and four-time Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping artist hit Billboard’s Instagram and hosted her 50th birthday bash celebrating her big day with fans by taking over Billboard’s Instagram Stories for a virtual party.
And though she’s being responsible and practicing social distancing during the time of shelter in place, that doesn’t mean T-Boz didn’t turn up. The star took fans inside her family celebration in Los Angeles, where she cut her birthday cake with her mom and son Chance — all while interacting with viewers.
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