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Gliadel Chemotherapy Information

Gliadel® (carmustine implant) is a prescription drug approved to treat certain types of brain tumors in adults. This medicine is licensed for the following uses:
 
  • In combination with surgery to treat glioblastoma multiforme that has returned after previous treatment
  • In addition to radiation and surgery to treat newly diagnosed malignant gliomas.
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Available as small, dime-sized wafers, Gliadel is placed in the cavity in the brain that remains after the tumor is surgically removed. The wafer slowly dissolves and releases the medication. Gliadel works by interfering with the replication of DNA, which helps prevent cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
 
Before beginning chemotherapy treatment with Gliadel, review the safety information associated with the drug with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use this product if you have a seizure disorder, bleeding problems, or certain other medical conditions.
 
(For more information on this chemotherapy treatment, click Gliadel. This Web page contains more details on this medication, including how it works, potential side effects, and why it should not be used in some people.)
 

Gliadel Chemotherapy Information

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