In adults, metastatic brain tumors are the most common type of brain tumors. These tumors that start in another part of the body and spread to the brain through the bloodstream.

When tumors spread to the brain, they usually go to the cerebrum (main part of the brain) or cerebellum (bottom part of the brain). It is possible to have several metastatic tumors in different areas of the brain.

Lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and certain skin cancers often spread to the brain. Metastatic brain tumors can be very aggressive (likely to spread and grow). They may come back even after surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Types of cancer that can spread to the brain are:

Doctors at the OHSU Brain Institute are experts at treating all types of brain and central nervous system tumors, including metastatic tumors. We work closely with specialists at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to make sure you have the best treatment options. Because we know how challenging metastatic tumors can be, we offer support, compassion and comprehensive care for you and your family.