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How would I get chemotherapy for brain cancer?

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Chemotherapy uses powerful drugs to kill tumor cells.

  • You may take a single drug or a combination of drugs.
  • You take the meds by mouth or through an IV line. Some medications are given through the shunt put in place to drain excess fluid from the brain.
  • Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles that each last a few weeks.
  • Most chemo plans are designed so that you do two to four cycles and then take a break.

From: Brain Cancer Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Charles Davis, MD, PhD, Research Director, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Coauthor(s): Nitin Tandon, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Editors: Brian F Chinnock, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jerry Balentine, DO, Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Director, Saint Barnabas Hospital.  




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National Cancer Institute.

Brain Cancer Treatment from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

Author: Charles Davis, MD, PhD, Research Director, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Coauthor(s): Nitin Tandon, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Editors: Brian F Chinnock, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jerry Balentine, DO, Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; Medical Director, Saint Barnabas Hospital.  




ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Brain Cancer Treatment from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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