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what happens when cancer spreads to the brain

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
Metastasis: This is called brain metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Sometimes the slang term "brain met" is used.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
Imaging studies...: If a person has cancer that has spread to the brain from another body site, the person may have symptoms such as headache, confusion, personality chan ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends on tumor : Type. Some tumors spread to brain more often than others, e.g., lung cancer, melanoma spread to brain more often than colon cancer.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Although varies: Most common secondary metastatic brain tumors, primary from lungs, breasts, skin, kidney, gastrointestinal tract. Some can present with bleeding, esp ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
There are some: Pediatric tumors, medulloblastoma, the descend via spinal fluid. And some adult tumor that spread to the brain, lung cancer, and then spinal fluid spr ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Metastatic cancer: people can die from metastatic cancer from different causes- including: severe infection, severe malnutrition, or organs failure. metastatic disease t ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It often does: If the tumors in the brain grow to a big size(over 2-3 cm) they cause increasing compromise of brain functions due to raised intracranial pressure whi ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanford Katz
25 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not necessarily : Many brain tumors are treated primarily with radiation. Some low grade ones may need both
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Thom
14 years experience Urology
Not common: Bladder cancer typically spreads to regional lymph nodes around bladder first. At advance stages, it may progress and spread to other abdominal organ ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Depending on what: Type of brain cancer and where the original lesion is, it is possible for metastasis.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Yes: Some brain cancers spread that way. Examples: cerebral glioblastoma, anaplastic astrocytoma, ependymoma/myxopapillary ependymoma, posterior f ... Read More

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