Primary malignant brain tumors are fatal, with 90% of patients having these tumors dying within two years following diagnosis. Cranial interstitial radiation therapy, a technique under investigation to control these tumors, involves implantation of radioactive iodine 125 seeds into the tumor bed by stereotaxic technique.
The interstitial radiation technique, monitoring of radiation, and nursing care of patients are discussed. Case histories are presented, along with discussion of results attained using this therapy, and its future.
Questions or comments regarding this article may be directed to Dawn Willis at: Department of Neurology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hwy 6, Iowa City, IA 52240. She is head nurse of the neurology and neurosurgery area.
Helen Rittenmeyer is a neurosurgery-oncology staff nurse at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Patrick Hitchon is associate professor of neurosurgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and chief of neurosurgery at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City.
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