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Adults who have to undergo surgery for certain types of brain tumors may receive carmustine implants. These small wafers are placed into the cavity that remains after the tumors are removed from the brain. The wafers slowly dissolve and release the medication, which works by interfering with how cancer cells grow and multiply. Seizures, headaches, and confusion are possible side effects.
What Is a Carmustine Implant?Carmustine implant (Gliadel®) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of cancerous brain tumors known as malignant glioma and glioblastoma multiforme. The medication is unique because it is implanted directly into the brain during surgery.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, carmustine implants can cause side effects. Not everyone who receives the drug will experience problems. However, like other chemotherapy medicines, carmustine implants can cause significant side effects in many people. Talk with your healthcare provider about ways to prevent or lessen reactions to this drug.
- Worsening of the condition being treated, such as tumor or cancer progression
- Paralysis on one side of the body