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A 32-year-old member asked:

How would lung cancer (tumor) spread to the brain?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Lung Cancer: Cells from cancer break off into blood , settle in brain, and grow into a tumor.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Blood vessels : The cancer grows into small blood vessels and sheds cells that move through the blood stream to distant sites, lung, then rest of body.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Dr. Hon Lee
Dr. Hon Leeanswered
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
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.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you advise me on going on vacation with lung cancer/brain tumors?

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Dr. Charles Berry
Specializes in Surgery - Thoracic
Live for Today: I am going to make some assumptions here so please know where I am coming from. If you have brain cancer from your lung cancer then you are unlikely to live much longer. If a vacation does not involve a foreign country where care is minimal ... go for it.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

Are brain and lung cancer related?

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Dr. James Urbanic
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
NO: These cancers are not related. But.... Many people are confused by the concept that lung cancers can spread to the brian as metastasis. This happens all to often and is in fact more common tha a primary brain tumor.
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Last updated Oct 6, 2017

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