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which treatment is out there for small brain tumors that come from breast cancer?

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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Srs,sgy,wholebrainrt: If they are small and few in number then either surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery may be good options. If there are a large number of them or if they are greater than 4cm in size then whole brain radiation therapy would be reccomended. Focussed radiation can spare the toxicity associated with whole brain tx and be completed in one fraction while whole brain rt is usually given over 10-15 txs.
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Radiation therapy: When tumors from breast cancer go to the brain, this is metastatic disease to the brain. Options for treatment depend on the size and number and location. Surgery is an option if the brain tumor is solitary and >2-3 cm in size. If the tumors are small (<1-2cm) one can also use stereotactic radiosurgery (gamma knife, cyberknife). If there are more than 4-5 tumors, whole brain radiotherapy is used.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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