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Metastic Brain Tumors

Metastatic brain tumors are tumors that have spread to the brain from another part of the body. In contrast, primary brain tumors involve tumors that began in the brain.

Treatment for a single metastatic brain tumor usually includes surgery followed by radiation therapy to the whole brain.

Treatment of more than one tumor that has spread to the brain from another part of the body may include the following:

  • Radiation therapy to the whole brain, with or without stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • Surgery for tumors that are causing symptoms.
  • Surgery to remove a tissue sample when the type of primary tumor is not known.