Brain metastases are cancer cells that begin growing elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain. Like primary brain tumors, which are tumors that originate in the brain, brain metastases can affect various structures like nerves, blood vessels, glands such as the pituitary gland, brain cells, or the tissue that covers the brain called the meninges.
The Stanford Brain and Spine Tumor Program is part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, a global referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of metastatic tumors. It is known for its innovation, collaborative multi-specialty care, and compassion.
Treatments for metastatic brain tumors include advanced approaches to surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), radiation therapy, drug therapy, or a combination of therapies. Your doctor will guide you through the options to help you decide what is best for you.