Anti-cancer drugs commonly known as chemotherapy are available to adult and pediatric brain tumor patients. We offer advanced therapies, many of which are the result of new discoveries and are unavailable at many other treatment sites. These therapies include standard and experimental agents and wafer technology.
Chemotherapy can be given before, during or after radiation therapy. Many different types of drugs are used in chemotherapy, and some are used in combination to maximize effectiveness. Steroids may be used to reduce swelling that takes place around the tumor, and anti-convulsant drugs may be used to control seizures. Because chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting, anti-emetic drugs may be used to prevent this uncomfortable side effect.
Chemotherapy wafers are a form of chemotherapy that can be placed in a brain cavity after a tumor has been removed. They are about the size of a nickel and are made of a polymer that has been filled with BCNU, a standard form of chemotherapy. The University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center is an active participant in clinical trials that use wafer technology.