- Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Brain metastasis refers to cancer which begins elsewhere in the body and then spreads to the brain. Disease may develop at a single site (metastasis) or multiple sites (metastases). Lung, melanoma, breast, colon, and kidney are the most common cancers associated with brain metastases.
Until recently, the treatment options available for patients diagnosed with ‘brain mets’ were very limited, resulting in rapidly deteriorating quality of life and poor survival outcomes. Fortunately, the outlook for brain metastases patients is improving, with the development of a variety of effective Surgical and Radiation Oncology treatment options.
As a result, patients with brain metastases will often benefit significantly from specialised multidisciplinary care, tailored to anticipate and combat the various and unique challenges associated with their condition, as it evolves over time.
The Brain Metastases Clinic at Macquarie University Hospital in the North Ryde area of Sydney caters specifically for these patients. The clinic team consisting of Radiation Oncologist, Neurosurgeon, Neuro-Radiologist, and Rehabilitation Physician work together to assess, examine, and evaluate referred patients. Their aim is to provide each patient with a personalised, holistic and co-ordinated management plan in keeping with the patient’s goals of care.
Management recommendations may include some or all of the following disciplines:
- Radiation Therapy including Stereotactic Radiosurgery or Gamma Knife Surgery
- Supportive Care
- Palliative Care
Specialised management planning, such as is provided by the MUH Brain Metastases Clinic, will help brain metastases patients maximise their long-term survival and quality of life.