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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

Metastatic brain tumour

Metastatic brain disease is a focal disease and focal control of the tumour is paramount to patient survival. Secondary brain tumours arise from malignant sources outside the brain may invade the intracranial cavity, usually as blood- borne metastases. Common sources of these malignant tumours are carcinoma of the lungs, breast, and skin (melanoma). There are more than 1,200,000 new cases and 130,000 deaths from brain metastases each year. The figure shown to the right is a typical example of metastasis of lung cancer into brain.