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Doctor insights on: Brain Metastases Prognosis

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Is brain metastases visceral or non visceral?

Is brain metastases visceral or non visceral?

Visceral: This means deep inside the body as opposed to on the surface/superficial locations like skin. ...Read more

Metastasis (Definition)

A cancer begins in an organ (say the breast). If it gets into the blood stream or the lymphatic stream the cells can travel to other parts of the body where, in the right environment, they may settle and grow. This development of tumor growth far away from the original site ...Read more


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What should I do about brain metastases - radiotherapy or gamma knife ?

What should I do about brain metastases - radiotherapy or gamma knife ?

Good doctors may: Disagree on this. How many brain metastasis? Is the primary site and other places under control? Are you active and not confined to bed and chair for most of the day? How long from your primary diagnosis? Those with stereotactic equipment argue that control is better with gk. Solitary metastasis do better with surgery or srs. For greater than 3 brain metastases, whole brain radiotherapy. ...Read more

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How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

How can my husband know if he got brain cancer from his chemo on cancer brain metastases?

Chemo didn't do it: Sadly, metastatic lesions to the brain are not at all unusual. It is a frequent event with a cancer that was not localized on detection and had already spread to other areas. That is why chemo was started. Sorry for your husband's situation. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

What is the life expectancy for someone with brain metastases from lung cancer?

Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

Are brain metastases common among breast cancer patients?

No.: The most common sites of metastases include the bone marrow, lungs, and liver. While uncommon, breast cancer can metastasize to the brain or the lining of the brain. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases to the brain and pelvic area?

What is the prognosis for lung cancer that has metastases  to the brain and pelvic area?

Fair: There are several factors that affect prognosis. First the type of lung cancer. Is it small cell or non-small cell. Second, has there been a check on the molecular markers on the tumor (egfr, alk, ros 1?) there are targeted agents for those tyoe of tumors and patients do much better than the average. Discuss with your oncologist treatment options prognosis. Avoid internet for prognosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

Is it normal to have a metastases to brain from breast?

Brain mets: Breast cancer can spread to lymph glands, lung, liver, bones as well as brain. Nowadays, with many different chemotherapies and other biological/targeted treatment available for breast cancer -that makes patients with breast cancer live longer, the incidence of brain metastasis increases, unfortunately. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of a 60 year old male with bronchogenic carcinoma and brain metastasis?

What is the prognosis of a 60 year old male with bronchogenic carcinoma and brain metastasis?

I depends: If there is a single brain lesion and the lung primary is small, surgery then possible chemo and radiation could lead to a good outcome. Unfortunately that is usually not the story. Many patients have large lung tumors and several brain lesions. In that case we try to palliate symptoms and get some survival improvement, but that is often measured in months. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis with bronchogenic carcinoma and brain metastasis newly diagnosed?

What is the prognosis with bronchogenic carcinoma and brain metastasis newly diagnosed?

Prognosis: Unfortunately to present with a new lung cancer with brain metastasis generally carries a poor prognosis with median survival generally measured in few months. Survival prediction is always difficult and has a lot to do with 'performance status', ie how well a patient is carrying on with activities of daily living. Specific cell type, size of tumor, extent of metastasis in brain and elsewhere. ...Read more

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What is more common? Primary brain tumors or from metastasis?

Mets : In adults, metastases from other places are far more common than primary brain cancer by 10 to 1. Lung, breast, kidney, and melanoma are common offenders. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more