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Metastatic brain cancer, also known as secondary brain cancer, occurs when a brain tumor originates at another place in the body (known as the primary tumor site), and then spreads (metastasizes) to the brain, forming one or more additional tumors. In recent years, the incidence of metastatic brain cancer has increased as people live longer due to advanced treatments for primary cancer.
Many types of primary tumors can spread to the brain, but some of the most common include:
Regardless of where a primary tumor originates, cells from this tumor can break off and travel through lymphatic vessels and the bloodstream to other areas of the body, including the brain.
The Hermelin Brain Tumor Center offers a dedicated program for cancer that has metastasized to the brain, spine and cerebrospinal fluid. Although many believe that metastatic brain and spine tumors cannot be treated effectively, treatment advancements are providing new hope for these patients
In fact, Henry Ford has led the development of comprehensive national guidelines for treatment of metastatic brain tumors:
Henry Ford metastatic brain tumor specialists are experienced in treating complex cases and offer the latest treatment options, including:
One concern you may have is potential side effects of metastatic brain cancer treatment. With any treatment, there is the potential for side effects, which can vary depending on the type of therapies you receive. Your Hermelin Brain Tumor Center team will review your personalized treatment plan with you and discuss possible side effects before treatment begins, so that you can make informed decisions about your metastatic brain tumor care.