The NeuroMedical Center | Patient Education Library | Metastatic Brain Tumor

This is a cancer that began elsewhere in your body and then spread to your brain, forming one or more tumors. Many different cancers can spread this way. These tumors are actually more common than tumors that begin in the brain’s own tissues.

 



Causes
A metastatic brain tumor can begin as bladder cancer, breast cancer, or a cancer of the ovaries or testes. It can begin as a cancer in your blood, kidneys, lungs or skin. And sometimes, we don’t know where the cancer began.


Symptoms
Because your brain is so complex, a brain tumor can affect your mind and body in many ways. A tumor can cause physical problems, such as severe headaches, nausea, and seizures. You may feel weak and tired. You may have pain, numbness or
tingling in parts of your body. A tumor can affect your vision and your speech. It can also cause your personality to change. You may have rapid mood swings. You may develop strange behaviors.


Treatment
The NeuroMedical Center offers expert care for brain tumors.  Our Neuro-Oncology Program is led by Baton Rouge’s only board certified neurologist/neuro-oncologist, Dr. Jon D. Olson.  Depending on your needs, you may benefit from radiation, surgery or other options– all of which are available through our comprehensive brain tumor program.