Metastatic Brain Tumor

Metastatic Brain Tumors, also called secondary brain tumors, originate outside of the brain in another part of the body and then spread to the brain. These tumors are more common in adults than in children.

The many types of brain tumors are divided into two categories: primary tumors and metastatic tumors. Primary tumors start within your brain whereas metastatic tumors start somewhere else and travel to your brain. Metastatic tumors always cancerous while a primary tumor can be noncancerous.

A metastatic brain tumor can begin in a number of areas such as bladder cancer, breast cancer, and ovaries or testes. It can also begin as cancer in your blood, kidneys, lungs, or skin.


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 that can affect vision and speech. It can also cause personality to change including rapid mood swings and developing strange behaviors.

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