Metastatic brain tumors spread to the brain or spinal cord from cancer originating in other organs. Cerebral metastases are the most common type of “brain” tumor. Common brain metastases in adults come from the lung, breast, kidney, colon and skin (melanoma).
An MRI image (left) shows a metastatic brain tumor from lung cancer in the deep right parietal lobe (arrow). A photograph taken during surgery (center) shows the use of a minimally invasive port, only half an inch in diameter, to gain access so that the neurosurgeon can remove the tumor with minimal injury to the overlying normal brain. An MRI image following surgery (right) shows complete removal of the tumor (arrow) and the hardly visible surgical tract (below arrow).
The management of brain metastatic disease requires a multidisciplinary team approach, with input from the oncologist, radiation oncologist and neurosurgeon.
The Neuro-ICU cares for patients with all types of neurosurgical and neurological injuries, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. We work in close cooperation with your surgeon or medical doctor with whom you have had initial contact. Together with the surgeon or medical doctor, the Neuro-ICU attending physician and team members direct your family member's care while in the ICU. The Neuro-ICU team consists of the bedside nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians in specialty training (Fellows) and attending physicians. UCLA Neuro ICU Family Guide