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What Types of Cancers Are Gliadel Wafers Used For?

A healthcare provider may prescribe Gliadel® (carmustine implant) to treat certain types of cancer in adults. But what are Gliadel wafers used for and how do they work?
 
Specifically, Gliadel wafers are used in the treatment of certain types of brain tumors, including:
 
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Malignant glioma.
 
These dime-sized wafers are placed in the cavity that remains after the brain tumor is surgically removed. Up to eight wafers can be used during each surgery. After they are implanted, the wafers begin to slowly dissolve to release the medication. Gliadel wafers work by interfering with how DNA replicates itself, preventing cancer cells from growing and multiplying.
 
(Click Gliadel Uses for more information on using these wafers to treat certain types of cancerous brain tumors. This resource goes into more detail about the drug's uses and describes how it works.)
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