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Treatment for metastatic brain tumors is very individualized.  Treatments vary depending on several factors including the type, size, location of the tumor, intracranial pressure, and the health of the individual.  The goals of brain tumor treatment may be to relieve symptoms, prevent further complications, and prevent loss of brain function.  There are several options for treating metastatic brain tumors and your doctor will discuss the benefits, risks, and possible side effects of each treatment with you.  Treatment may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments.
 
Surgery may be used to remove all tumors that are accessible.  Surgery may not be an option for brain tumors that are located deep inside the brain because of the amount of tissue disruption that would take place to reach the tumor.  Some tumors may be debulked, meaning that they may not be able to be removed completely, but part of the tumor is removed.  A craniotomy is the most common surgery for brain tumors.  It involves removing a piece of the skull to access the brain.  After the tumor is removed, the skull is replaced.  Stereotactic craniotomy uses computers to help guide the surgeon during the procedure. 
 
Radiation therapy is used for brain tumors that respond to radiation.  Radiation uses high-energy X-rays to damage the tumor cells and prevent them from multiplying.  Radiation may be used alone or with other types of treatment.  Radiation therapy is used to slow or stop the growth of cancer or tumor cells, reduce the size of a tumor before surgery, or following surgery to remove remaining cells and prevent tumor recurrence.  State-of-the-art technologies, such as gamma knife radiosurgery, have advanced radiation methods to help make them more effective, safer, and tolerable than they were in the past. 
 
Chemotherapy is another method for treating brain tumors.  Chemotherapy uses special medications to kill tumor cells.  Chemotherapy may be delivered in several different ways.  Most chemotherapy is given by injection.
 
Brain tumors can result in functional impairments or disability.  Some people participate in rehabilitation therapies after experiencing a brain tumor to learn compensation skills.  People with end-stage cancer may receive palliative care from hospice.
 
The experience of cancer and metastatic brain tumor, and treatments will be a very emotional experience for you and your loved ones.  It is important to embrace sources of support.  Some people find comfort in their families, friends, co-workers, counselors, and church.  Cancer support groups are a helpful resource where you can receive support, information, and understanding from people with similar experiences.  Ask your doctor for support groups near you.

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