Brain Metastasis

As many as 20-40% of cancer patients develop metastatic brain tumors. Our Washington University Physicians are experts in treating metastatic brain tumors using leading-edge surgical procedures and radiation therapies.

Specialized Treatments

Washington University neurosurgeons specialize in minimally invasive procedures, such as keyhole craniotomies and laser interstitial thermal therapy. Additionally, our neurosurgeons and radiation oncologist partner together to deliver radiosurgery, which can destroy tumors effectively with precise radiation.

Cancers most likely to metastasize to the brain

Metastatic brain tumors are most often caused by breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, melanoma and thyroid cancer. However, any type of cancer can cause a metastatic tumor in the brain.

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Symptoms of metastatic brain tumors

Some of the symptoms of metastatic brain tumors include: headaches (particularly in the early morning), problems with vision, seizures, difficulty speaking or understanding language, trouble balancing and weakness on one side of the body.

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