Mixed gliomas are a rare type of tumour that usually starts in the brain or sometimes the spinal cord.
It’s best to read this along with our general information about brain tumours and spinal cord tumours. This has more detail about tests and treatments. We also have information about brain tumours that’s written just for teens and young adults.
This information is about gliomas in adults. If you need information about gliomas in children, you can contact the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group at www.cclg.org.uk.
Gliomas are tumours that develop from the main supporting cells (glial cells) in the brain or spinal cord. Different types of gliomas are named after the different types of glial cells:
- astrocytoma – develops from cells called astrocytes
- oligodendroglioma – develops from cells called oligodendrocytes
- ependymoma – develops from ependymal cells.
We have information about these different types of gliomas.
However, sometimes a glioma develops from a mixture of these different types of glial cell. This is called a mixed glioma. Mixed gliomas usually start in the brain or sometimes the spinal cord. They can sometimes spread from where they started to other parts of the brain or spinal cord. They don’t spread to other parts of the body.