Metastatic Tumors

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Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

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Cancer can begin in any organ or tissue in the body. When cancer spreads to the brain from another part of the body, it causes metastatic brain tumors.

When cancer has metastasized, it may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, hormone therapy, surgery, cryosurgery, or a combination of these. Many metastatic brain tumors can be completely removed surgically.

The choice of treatment generally depends on:

  • The type of primary cancer
  • The size and location of the metastatic tumor
  • A patient’s age and general health
  • The types of treatments a patient has already had

Many patients who come to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center with metastatic brain tumors have received treatment for their primary cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.