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Why does lung cancer spread to the brain so often?

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Dr. Hon Lee
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Hon Lee
Dr. Hon Lee
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Organotropism

Spread patterns are fascinating.
Lung, breast, kidney, melanoma regularl go to the brain, prostate and ovary rarely. Only rhabdoid tumors of the kidney go to the brain in children, no other malignancies do. This is called "seed and soil" ...There must be some favorable nutrients or environmental factors in the brain attracting or repulsing...Great question!

In brief: Organotropism

Spread patterns are fascinating.
Lung, breast, kidney, melanoma regularl go to the brain, prostate and ovary rarely. Only rhabdoid tumors of the kidney go to the brain in children, no other malignancies do. This is called "seed and soil" ...There must be some favorable nutrients or environmental factors in the brain attracting or repulsing...Great question!
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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