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Brain Tumors: Metastatic Brain Tumors

What are metastatic brain tumors?

Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. Primary brain tumors may spread to other parts of the brain or to the spine. They rarely spread to other parts of the body.

Often, tumors found in the brain have started somewhere else in the body and spread to one or more parts of the brain. These are called metastatic brain tumors (or brain metastases). Metastatic brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors.

Up to half of metastatic brain tumors are from lung cancer. Other types of cancer that commonly spread to the brain include:

  • Melanoma
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Cancer of unknown primary site

Source: National Cancer Institute - Adult Central Nervous System Tumors Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version


Metastatic Brain Tumors: What Patients Need to Know - ABTA Educational Webinar Series

Michael Lim, MD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine, presents key information about the signs and symptoms of a brain metastasis and help webinar participants understand who are at highest risk. Dr. Lim also focuses on the latest, cutting-edge therapies to treat brain metastases, such as immunotherapy, neurosurgery, radiation therapy and more.


Brain Metastases: A Documentary | How Brain Metastases Develop and Promising Treatment Options

Shot over the course of two years, Brain Metastases. A Documentary, explores the pathology, diagnosis and treatment of the disease through interviews, animations and live treatment footage. 

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