Medical Definition of Prophylactic cranial irradiation

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Prophylactic cranial irradiation: Radiation therapy to the head that is intended to prevent cancer from spreading to the brain.

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Last Editorial Review: 1/24/2017

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