Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)

GBM Facts

  • An estimated 13,310 new cases of GBM will be diagnosed in the United States in 2019.
  • It is estimated that more than 15,000 people in the United States die from GBM every year.
  • GBM is the most common, and deadliest, primary malignant brain tumor in adults. It also affects
  • 3% of pediatric brain tumor patients.
  • The five-year survival rate for GBM patients is only 5.6%.
  • Mean survival for GBM patients is estimated to be only 12-18 months.
  • Survival rates and mortality statistics for GBM have been virtually unchanged for decades.
  • Prominent Americans who have been lost to GBM include: Beau Biden (son of former Vice President Joe Biden); Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player Gary Carter; U.S. Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy; U.S. Senator John McCain; and Major League Baseball player Edward “Tug” McGraw (father of country music star Tim McGraw).