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Cancers that begin in one area of the body can metastasize, or spread, to the spine or brain. Cancers that are more likely to spread to the brain include lung, breast, melanoma and colon cancers. Cancers that most commonly spread to the spine include lung, breast and prostate cancer.
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. At Duke, we use advances in medical therapy, radiation therapy, and minimally invasive surgery 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.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Natalie Ashley, patient navigator, at 919.681.3038.