Intrathecal chemotherapy is used to treat cancer in the central nervous system. Because chemotherapy drugs generally will not pass through the blood-brain barrier, treatment for some forms of leukemia and lymphoma are introduced directly into the cerebrospinal fluid.
The medication may be given via a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap. A needle is inserted into the spine; once the drug is injected, the needle is removed.
An alternative method is often used if a patient needs multiple treatments. The chemotherapy medication is introduced directly into a ventricle in the brain using an Ommaya reservoir. This device is placed under the scalp and delivers the medication through a catheter into the fluid surrounding the brain. Once the Ommaya reservoir is in place, the patient may have to stay lying down for a while so that the medication reaches the entire spinal cord and brain; afterwards he or she can leave and will need no further lumbar punctures.
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