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why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Dr. Hon Lee
Dr. Hon Lee answered
34 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Lung cancer: The different cell types of lung cancer have the propensity to spread to different organs either due to blood stream patterns, adjacent anatomy or the affinity of these other organs to receive and grow these cancer strains. It turns out that the brain is one of those susceptible organs.
Answered on Dec 7, 2015
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Organotropism: Spread patterns are fascinating. Lung, breast, kidney, melanoma regularl go to the brain, prostate and ovary rarely. Only rhabdoid tumors of the kidney go to the brain in children, no other malignancies do. This is called "seed and soil" ...There must be some favorable nutrients or environmental factors in the brain attracting or repulsing...Great question!
Answered on Feb 5, 2012

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