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What Happens When Cancer Spreads To The Brain
Metastasis: This is called brain metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Sometimes the slang term "brain met" is used.
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Imaging studies...: If a person has cancer that has spread to the brain from another body site, the person may have symptoms such as headache, confusion, personality changes, seizures, etc... If there is suspicion of metastatic cancer in the brain, then the patient can undergo imaging studies of the brain such as a ct scan or an mri. These studies will allow the care team to diagnoses metastases in most situations.
Metastatic cancer: People can die from metastatic cancer from different causes- including: severe infection, severe malnutrition, or organs failure. Metastatic disease to the brain should be treated obviously. Any occupying lesion in the brain may increase pressure inside the skull/brain. As the skull/brain is a close space- any increase pressure may cause herniation of the brain stem and it can cause demise.
Not necessarily: Many brain tumors are treated primarily with radiation. Some low grade ones may need both
Mom had breast cancer in 2006 & in 2009 metastasis to lung, brain&eye happened. On 2012 tumor spread to bones and liver. Now she can't move easily&tired?
Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and pain control. They can also help give advice for your social situation in helping taking care of her. She may benefit from inpatient or outpatient hospice.
What is the survival rate for someone with stage 4 ovarian cancer that has spread to the brain, when she is 84?
Person has stage 4 cancer with mets to the brain, and now has bilateral pneumonia, how bad is this? Is this the cancer trying to spread? What's next?
Very bad: The cancer does not have to try to spread, it already has. Discuss this with the person's doctor and get an estimate of how long they are expected to survive and whether it is time to call in hospice. You also need to ask what further therapy is likely to make a meaningful difference in survival and whether that survival is functional or just further misery. Good luck.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has.See 1 more doctor answer
If cancer started in the penis would you be dead before it got to the brain? Or could it spread all the way to the brain and then kill you?
Cancer spread: The spread of cancer is 3 ways: local where infiltrates surrounding area; through the lymph system which goes through the body like the blood system. Both these systems can spread cancer to any part of the body at any one time if the cancer is in it. If the cancer is not in one of the systems the cancer may never get to the brain. The general answer to your question is either could occur.See 1 more doctor answer
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