Hope When Faced with Metastatic Brain and Spine Cancer
Cancer in the breast, lung, colon, skin, kidney, thyroid, or elsewhere in the body can metastasize, or spread, to the spine or brain. Depending on the stage, size, and location of the brain or spine tumor, this secondary cancer is typically considered advanced and may be life-threatening. Because these tumors are often difficult to reach, some patients are told by doctors elsewhere that their tumors are inoperable and untreatable.
A Team of Highly Experienced Specialists
Duke’s team of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists aggressively treats hundreds of people each year with brain and spine metastases. We work with people who are seeking a diagnosis or a second opinion. We focus on your metastases while partnering with your oncologists as they treat your primary cancer.
Advanced Treatment Options Slow Cancer Progression, Ease Side Effects
We use advances in medical therapy, radiation therapy, and minimally invasive surgical laser procedures to remove or treat spine or brain metastases or to slow or halt the spread of cancer. Treatments can also lessen symptoms such as pain, seizures, memory problems, trouble speaking, and loss of strength or mobility. Many of our patients lead productive lives several years after treatment.
A Patient Navigator Guides Your Care
Our patient navigator guides patients and their loved ones through the complexities of receiving cancer care from multiple specialists within our cancer center. She ensures timely access to treatment and facilitates your access to the comprehensive support services available at Duke.