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Metastatic brain tumour

Secondary brain tumour

Metastatic (or secondary) brain tumours develop when cancerous cells in another part of the body spread to the brain

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Also called cerebral secondary brain tumours and brain metastases, metastatic brain tumours form when the cells of a primary cancer in another part of the body spread to the brain. Any cancer can metastasise (spread) to the brain but lung, skin, breast, colon and kidney cancer tend to be the main ones.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of metastatic brain tumours icon plus

    Your symptoms will often depend on the size, location and rate of growth of the metastatic brain tumour. Generally speaking, they might include

    • headaches possibly with nausea and vomiting
    • mental or memory problems
    • dizziness
    • seizures
    • weakness or numbness on one side of your body or face
     
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    If your oncologist or neurosurgeon thinks you may have a metastatic brain tumour, they may recommend further tests. 

    • A neurological examination. This involves checking a number of things, like your vision and balance, to find out which part of your brain may be affected.
    • CT, MRI and PET scans. These imaging scans produce detailed images of your brain, helping us to spot tumours.
    • Biopsy. This is a surgical procedure to collect a small sample (biopsy) of the tumour. The sample is then looked at under a microscope to find out if is cancerous.
     
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you've been diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumour, your oncologist or neurosurgeon will explain your treatment options to you. These might include:

    • High-doses of corticosteroid medicine to reduce swelling around the tumour.
    • Radiosurgery (gamma knife or CyberKnife) if the tumour is suitable. This destroys the tumour without the need for open surgery
    • Surgery to remove as much of the brain tumour as possible (if it's necessary and relatively safe to do so).
    • Standard radiation therapy to destroy tumour cells using high energy X-ray beams in daily sessions over a 3 week course of treatment.

    Brain tumours can affect your vision, motor, speech and thinking skills. At HCA UK, we offer comprehensive rehabilitation therapy services, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy to help you manage the effects of brain tumours.

     
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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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