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Open Brain Surgery with Brachytherapy for Malignant Glioma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about open brain surgery with brachytherapy?

This surgery is used to remove a tumor from your brain.

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

Your surgeon will place your head in a clamp to hold it in position. He or she will make an incision in your scalp and remove a small piece of skull bone. The glioma will be removed, and radiation therapy will be placed in the area where your glioma was. The piece of bone will be replaced. Your surgeon will close the incision with stitches or staples. A bandage may be placed over the incision.

What are the risks of open brain surgery with brachytherapy?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Blood vessels or other healthy tissue may be damaged during surgery. The radiation may cause brain swelling, a decrease in brain function, or a stroke. Your tumor may not be completely removed. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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