Mixed gliomas are a type of brain tumour. They are more common in men than women.
This information is about mixed gliomas their symptoms and treatments. It should be read it along with our general information about brain tumours which has more detailed information about tests, treatments and their side effects.
Gliomas start in glial cells, which support and protect nerve cells in the brain (neurons). Astrocytomas, ependymomas and oligodendrogliomas are all types of glioma. They are named after the glial cells they develop from: astrocytes, ependymal cells and oligodendrocytes.
A mixed glioma contains more than one of these cell types. For example a tumour that contains both astrocytes and oligodendrocytes is called an oligo-astrocytoma. The most common site for a mixed glioma is the cerebrum, which is the main part of the brain.