Tumors that originate in one location and spread to other parts of the body are referred to as metastatic tumors. An example of this is when a patient has lung cancer and some of the cells break off and travel to another part of the body, like the brain, and attach there and begin growing. These cells are not brain cells, but lung cells. This is then referred to as metastatic brain cancer.
When these cerebral metastases are discovered, they are categorized as malignant brain tumors and not benign. This is due to the growth and original location of the tumor. When cancer moves throughout the body, it makes it more serious for the patient.
Metastatic tumors can originate from cancer within the breasts, lungs, ovaries, testicles, blood, kidneys, bladder or skin. Most commonly, these types of tumors originate in the lungs. Due to this, many times a brain scan accompanies the diagnosis of lung cancer.
Causes and Symptoms of Metastatic Brain Tumors
Symptoms of metastatic brain tumors do not differ from regular brain cancer. The symptoms related to brain tumors varies based on the size and location of the tumor. Since the brain is the hub of motor activity, memory, the senses, and cognitive ability, symptoms can differ greatly between patients.
Symptoms commonly include
speech impairment, and
If you suffer from any of these issues for two weeks or more, it is a good idea to get it checked out by a qualified physician. Here at NSPC, our board-certified multi-disciplinary team can take a look at your symptoms and help guide you through the process of checking for cancer. You can ease your mind by setting up a consultation today.
The risk of getting metastatic brain tumors depends greatly on the type of primary cancer. Some cancers are more aggressive and invasive than others. Another factor into why there are more cases of metastatic brain cancer than primary brain tumors is due to the fact that modern medicine allows people to live much longer after a primary tumor is diagnosed. This extension of life gives patients a higher chance of having cancerous cells spread to other parts of the body.
How Are Metastatic Brain Tumors Diagnosed?
Once symptoms are present and doctors perform neurological scans and find a tumor, a spinal tap or biopsy is done to examine the exact tissue and diagnose the brain tumor as primary or metastatic. With our innovative testing done at our New York area locations, you can feel confident that you will be taken care of.
State-of-the-Art Treatments for Metastatic Brain Tumors at NSPC in New York
Consultations with NSPC specialists are available at our centers across Long Island, NY state. We serve not just New York but also patients from across the Tri-State area and further afield. With our fellowship-trained neurosurgeons and doctors, you can rest assured that you are in the right hands. Come in for a consultation to see how our doctors can take care of your needs.