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Can lung cancer resist treatment and move to the brain?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: You bet!
There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences.
Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it.

In brief: You bet!
There are 100k brain metastasis per year, and lung cancer patients compose about half of them. It is a very common first site of relapse, and can have serious consequences.
Preventitive brain radiotherapy is indicated in all responders in small cell, but the trial in non-sclc showed reduction in frequency of brain metastases, but no survival benefit. Thus, many insurers will not pay for it.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unfortunately Yes
Both of the common types (non-small cell type or small cell type) very often spread into the brain.
The rate of spread ranges from 20-50% depending on type and stage of cancer.

In brief: Unfortunately Yes
Both of the common types (non-small cell type or small cell type) very often spread into the brain.
The rate of spread ranges from 20-50% depending on type and stage of cancer.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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