Sometimes called secondary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors are caused by cancer cells spreading, or metastasizing from other organs in the body to the brain. These metastatic brain tumors are five times more common than primary brain tumors (tumors that originate in the brain) and make up the majority of brain tumor diagnoses.
Cancers of the lung, breast, melanoma, colon, kidney and thyroid are among the most common types that can spread to the brain.
Treatment options for metastatic brain tumors usually involve surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Depending on the complexity of the tumors, some patients may receive one or a combination of several treatment methods to remove metastatic tumors completely.
CyberKnife Center of Chicago offers a type of radiation therapy called stereotactic radiosurgery to treat metastatic tumors in the brain. Treatment is provided with CyberKnife® technology, a robotic radiosurgery system that delivers targeted, high dose radiation directly to tumors with extreme precision. Unlike some other treatment options, CyberKnife treatment is noninvasive and can treat metastatic brain tumors in one to five outpatient procedures with minimal disruption to daily routines.
If you would like more information about CyberKnife treatment for metastatic brain tumors or another type of cancer, contact our center here and our staff will help you find out if treatment with CyberKnife is right for you.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.