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Carmustine Implant Information

Adults who have brain tumors known as glioblastoma multiforme or malignant gliomas may receive chemotherapy treatment with carmustine implant (Gliadel®). This prescription medicine comes as small, dime-sized wafers that are implanted into the brain in the space that remains after the tumor is surgically removed. Once implanted, the wafers begin to dissolve and release the active ingredient in the implants directly into the area.
 
As a type of alkylating agent, carmustine implants work by preventing cancer cells from growing and multiplying. They do this by interfering with the way DNA replicates itself.
 
To ensure your safety with carmustine implants, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other medical conditions you may have. This product may not be safe for use in some people, including those who have seizures, an infection, or a bleeding disorder. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
 
(To read the complete article, click Carmustine Implant. This resource presents information on how this chemotherapy drug works, lists possible side effects, and covers general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
 

Carmustine Implant Information

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