Brain Metastases

Brain metastases refer to tumors that arise from cancer cells that originated elsewhere in the body and traveled to the brain. Colon, kidney, lung and breast cancers are most often linked to brain metastases, but any type of cancer is capable of spreading. Brain metastasis may also be referred to as a secondary brain tumor, as opposed to a primary brain tumor that originated in the brain.

The symptoms of brain metastases can vary considerably based on the cancer’s growth rate and specific location in the brain. A few possible symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • A persistent headache with nausea
  • Unexplained changes in mental health

Are brain metastases treatable?

Brain metastases typically do respond to treatment, particularly if caught in an early stage. Factors such as the patient’s age and where the cancer originated may impact the effectiveness of treatment and how long a patient will live. For some patients, treatment may focus on improving quality of life.

Moffitt Cancer Center stands at the forefront of brain cancer treatment, research and supportive care. We take a team approach to cancer that leverages the combined expertise of neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and other experts who focus exclusively on brain malignancies. And, because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our brain cancer treatment team has an unparalleled level of experience addressing even the most complex brain metastases.

While Moffitt offers the latest advancements in metastatic brain cancer treatment, we won’t be satisfied until there is a cure for every patient. Our commitment to brain cancer research is among the reasons why the National Cancer Institute has designated Moffitt as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, and we are the only such center based in Florida.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Michael Vogelbaum, Program Leader, Department of Neuro-Oncology.

Contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online if you would like to speak with an oncologist about our approach to treating brain metastases. We welcome patients with or without referrals.