Symptomatic Treatment of Brain Tumor Patients with Sodium Selenite, Oxygen, & Other Supportive Measures

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atients (16 women and 16 men) with brain tumors previously treated conservatively by surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy with typical symptoms of increased intracranial pressure were consecutively enrolled to test the effects of pharmacological dosages of sodium selenite in conjunction with other supportive therapies (biological response modifiers, detoxification, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, oxygen therapy). The rationale for the use of sodium selenite was that the whole-blood selenium levels were subnormal in 70% of the patients on admission. Patients also frequently presented abnormal levels of other minerals, especially lowered sodium and elevated potassium levels, which appears to be characteristic of brain tumor patients. Sodium selenite was administered by infusion at dosage of 1 000 mcg Se in physiological saline/d for 4-8 wk. In 76% of the patients, a definite, and in 24% a slight improvement of the general condition and a decrease in symptoms, such as nausea, emesis, headache, vertigo, instead gait,, speech disorders, and Jacksonian seizures, were observed. In all treated patients, improvement of erythrocyte, hemoglobin, and thrombocyte counts were observed. Additional beneficial effects were noted in the patients receiving the oxygen therapy. It is concluded that the sodium selenite can be employed with oxygen therapy and other supportive measures in the management of brain tumor patients.

A Pakdaman Biol Trace Elem Res 1998;62:1-6