• Glioblastoma in Radiation Oncology Nurse who did a ton of seed implants.

    Asked by altabutler on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Glioblastoma in Radiation Oncology Nurse who did a ton of seed implants.

    My Mother who was a radiation oncology nurse for 15 years was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioma in April 2012. She had surgery, radiation and chemo. She passed away in June of this year. She did all the radioactive seed implant procedures during her employment. When we saw her Neuro Oncologist in March he told us she probably got her cancer from doing the seed implants. Is there anyone else out there that was exposed to seed implants and got a Glioma. Ionized radiation is the only confirmed link to this disease. I'm upset that her employer possibly put her at risk and want to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. She did wear a badge that monitored radiation but I'm not sure how effective that would be with the seeds. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Altabutler, I am an oncology nurse and I have never heard of anyone suffering occupational over-exposure to brachytherapy seeding to the point where it results in a glioma. I looked into the radiology nursing practice and procedures manual trying to find that occupational hazard warnings, and saw no case to refer to. Most seeds are incased, and the fact that she was wearing a dosemeter is usually effective. As long as it was always her own dosemeter and not someone elses. You have given me food for thought and I went to the ABTA, as well as to PLoS to find any peer reviewed articles that might support your docs theory; but I found none. Thank you for the info and I will delve deeper into this issue. I am sorry for your loss, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here is our page to Glioblastoma on the site, with some more information on this type of cancer.


      almost 4 years ago

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