Brain Metastases may be a little hard to recognize, but they are not impossible to spot. They do not always manifest as something serious, like a tumor or stroke. When you go to your doctor and discuss symptoms, you will be told what the symptoms and causes of brain metastases are. This is not always an accurate assessment, because some symptoms can be symptoms of other diseases. If a tumor is the reason for the symptoms, it is likely the tumor was malignant, (cancerous).
What are the causes of brain metastases? The cause of brain metastases varies depending on where the cancer cells come from. This is why the therapy you get from your doctor may not work, or it may take months to get the results you want. Takeaway: Brain tumors are usually a result of another illness that has spread into the brain.
Top symptoms and causes of brain metastases include seizures, vision problems, changes in behavior, cognitive deficits, unsteady walking, and changes in speech. Swelling of the legs and abdominal area is one of the first symptoms of brain cancer that you will notice. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the standard treatments for melanoma and lung cancers. Sometimes the doctor will recommend surgery to remove the cancerous areas. Surgery should only be considered as a last resort if other treatment options have failed. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have both been successful in treating malignant melanoma and lung cancers.
How are symptoms of brain metastases? The symptoms of brain metastases may include vision and hearing problems, changes in behavior, and changes in speech. The doctor may order an MRI scan to see if the tumor mass has spread (metastasized) to other areas of the brain or not. You might also experience weakness in your jaw, dizziness, decreased coordination, sweating, headaches, numbness in your hands and feet, unexplained weight loss, seizures, fever, constipation, and difficulty swallowing. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the most effective treatments when it comes to brain metastases.
Can brain metastases spread to other parts of my body? Yes, they can. They can spread from the primary tumor mass in the brain to any other part of your body. The good news is that it is rare for brain metastases to spread to other parts of your body, but it does happen sometimes.
When did I find out about this? About a year ago, while I was doing a routine physical on a patient at a rehabilitation clinic. I asked the doctor what the symptoms were and he told me that one of them was a feeling of “pins and needles” in the arm or leg. Later in the day I had another stroke of luck when another part of my brain came up with similar symptoms. Now I know what the symptoms and causes of brain tumors are and hopefully this will help my loved one.