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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are some signs that cancer has metastasized to the brain?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Variable: It depends on where the cancer has metastasized in the brain but symptoms can be nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures, stroke, visual changes or sometimes no symptoms.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Varies: It depends on the area in the brain affected (the function of the brain on that particular area can be interrupted and presented as an abnormal symptom), the size of the mass- can be without symptoms especially when the lesion is very small, however generally can be presented with nausea/vomiting, headaches, seizures, limb weakness on particular side of the body, gait imbalance, slurred speech etc.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Brain mets: Typically a patient will complain of headaches located in the same place that are increasing in intensity over time or no longer reponding to otc meds, dizzyness or being unsteady on their feet [off balance], personality changes or memory issues, vision changes [double or loss of half the visual field], somnolence is usually a late sign/symptom.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

First early signs that cancer has metastasized to the brain?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Variable: Signs of cancer that has metastasized (spread) to the brain can include headaches, nausea, vomiting, changes in thinking or memory, seizures, visual changes or stroke-like symptoms. There are other things that can cause these symptoms and sometimes there are no symptoms.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between metastasized brain cancer and cancer that started inside the brain?

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Dr. Timothy Mosher
Radiology 32 years experience
Type of cancer cell: Cancer that metastasizes to the brain, originally started in a different part of the body. Common sites where these metastatic cancer cells originate include the lung, breast, kidney, skin (melanoma), and the colon. A primary brain cancer is one in which the cancer cell arises from within the brain. This is less common than metastatic cancer.

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