What Is the Treatment for Stage IV Glioblastoma?


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The treatments for stage IV glioblastoma include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, according to WebMD. Neurologists commonly prescribe combined treatments for patients with a glioblastoma. These treatments cannot cure the disease, but they can result in the cancer going into remission, which can reduce the symptoms or make them disappear temporarily.

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The two most common chemotherapy drugs for stage IV glioblastoma, as of 2015, are temozolomide and carmustine, notes WebMD. While chemotherapy may cause some side effects, it is much less toxic than it was in the past. Carmustine is used to treat a glioblastoma that went into remission, but has returned. Small amounts of the drug are placed directly into the brain where the tumor was removed.

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