Metastases in the head

Metastases in the head are the spread of a malignant tumor throughout the body. This phenomenon is also called secondary cancer, and the tumor from which they are separated – the primary. Most often metastases to the brain give malignant tumors of the lungs, intestines, kidneys, skin and others.


  • cerebral
  • focused

Cerebral symptoms of brain tumor:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • convulsions
  • disturbance of consciousness (coma, constipation, milder degree – inhibition)
  • mental and intellectual disorders

Focused symptoms are those that indicate the focus in which the tumor or other pathology is located. That is, if the affected visual center – visual impairment, speech – speech, respiratory – breathing, and so on. In addition:

  • disability of one arm or leg
  • loss of sensitivity of a
  • certain part of the body
  • deafness
  • hallucinations
  • amnesia
  • inability to form new memories

These are just a few examples of symptoms that will give a specialist the key to figuring out where the disease is hiding. The patient will be referred in time for appropriate research and to the right doctor.
When metastases to the brain are diagnosed, there are already multiple lesions of other organs. But nowadays, medicine has taken a step forward, and there are methods that can provide the patient with a relatively good quality of life.

Metastases in the head: diagnosis

Diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer by MRI – magnetic resonance imaging. The size, location and number of the centers are found out. A biopsy with immunohistochemical examination is prescribed if the origin of the secondary tumors is not clear. This means that the tumor material is taken for examination to determine which species of cells got there (for example, regenerated cells of the lungs, breast, etc.), and it turns out, respectively, and the primary tumor.

Treatment of metastases

  • surgical
  • radiation therapy
  • medication (including chemotherapy and medications that affect the symptoms of the disease)

Traditional methods can always be supplemented by the latest developments and expertise.
Remember that a doctor’s efforts alone are not enough to treat a serious complication such as a brain metastasis. The patient must work with a team of dedicated physicians who are ready to offer the latest developments in treatment and support the patient and his family.

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