When cancer spreads to the brain

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Several cancer types can spread to the brain including lung, breast, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma and gastrointestinal tract cancers such as colon and rectal. Secondary brain cancer (cancer that has metastasized to the brain) is more prevalent than cancer beginning in the brain (primary cancer). Ivo Tremont, M.D., assistant professor in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses how cancer migrates to the brain, how it differs from primary brain cancer, as well as secondary...

Stereotactic body radiation therapy cancer treatment

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Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) differs from traditional radiation therapy for cancer patients. Treatment takes less time (four days versus seven weeks), it’s double the radiation dose and it spares the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. SBRT is commonly used to treat lung and pancreatic cancers, as well as cancers that have spread to the liver, lung, adrenal glands and spine. Joe Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center,...