Metastatic Brain Tumors
Metastatic brain tumors are brain tumors originate from cancers elsewhere in the body, such as the lung, breast, colon, kidney, or skin (melanoma), and spread to the brain, usually migrating through the blood stream. Metastatic tumors are malignant (cancerous).
Brain tumors are more often metastatic than primary. Patients with a metastatic brain tumor can have a wide variety of symptoms, depending on the size and location of the tumor.
Treatments For Primary Brain Tumors
Treatments for metastatic brain tumors include, but are not limited to:
- Computer-assisted image-guided brain needle biopsy
- Computer-assisted image-guided craniotomy
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
Treatments for cancer that has spread to the spinal fluid (leptomeningeal metastases) include, but are not limited to:
- Chemotherapy delivered directly into the spinal fluid
- Radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy (into a vein)
Visit our treatments page for more information on the treatments Mount Sinai provides for metastatic brain tumors