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Metastatic brain tumors

Secondary, or metastatic, brain tumors, which have spread to the brain from another location in the body, are much more common than primary brain tumors. These tumors are also becoming increasingly more common as individuals do better with cancer treatment and live longer, giving the original cancer the opportunity to spread to the brain.

Some cancers that commonly spread to the brain are lung, breast, colon, kidney, melanoma, thyroid and uterine. Lung cancer is the most common form of metastatic brain cancer. In fact, lung cancer staging often involves a brain scan.

Metastatic brain cancers will likely be assessed through the Tumor, Node, Metastasized (spread) staging system (TNM). Sometimes, individuals are diagnosed with metastatic brain or spinal cancer before they realize they have another, primary cancer.


Last Revised: 02/22/2017

Meet our neurosurgery experts

neurosurgery module

If you have a neurologic cancer, it's important to be seen by a multidisciplinary team of physicians with expertise in performing cancer-related surgical procedures on the nervous system and its supporting structures.

Meet some of our neurosurgery experts:

An accurate cancer diagnosis

accurate cancer diagnosis

Our team of cancer experts uses advanced, minimally invasive diagnostic technology to detect cancerous cells anywhere in the body.