Metastatic Tumors

Neurosurgeons located in Long Beach, CA
Metastatic Tumors

Metastatic Tumors services offered in Long Beach, CA

If you have cancer that has spread to your brain or spine, see the experts at Coast Neurosurgical Associates in Long Beach, California. The board-certified neurosurgeons remove metastatic tumors, which can be life-saving procedures. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

Metastatic Tumors Q&A

What are metastatic tumors?

Metastatic tumors are lumps of tissues caused by uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth. They are more common in adults than children.

Metastatic tumors begin in one area of your body, which may include your:

  • Breast 
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Skin
  • Colon

The cancer then spreads to other areas, including your brain or spine. When left untreated, these metastatic cancers can be deadly. 

Metastatic brain tumors are approximately four times more likely to develop than primary brain tumors. They often grow quickly, invading nearby brain tissues. 

The Coast Neurosurgical Associates specialists are highly trained neurosurgeons with many years of experience treating metastatic tumors of the brain and spine.

What are the symptoms of metastatic tumors?

Metastatic tumors can affect your brain in various ways. You might notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headaches
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Impulsiveness
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Behavior or personality changes
  • Weakness, numbness, or paralysis
  • Unsteadiness
  • Dizziness 
  • Balance problems
  • Hearing or vision changes
  • Disorientation

You might not have any symptoms initially. The symptoms you experience depend on the exact location, type, and size of your tumor. 

What are the risk factors for metastatic tumors?

Having undetected cancer in one part of your body is a risk factor for developing metastatic cancer. Your cancer risk increases due to a family history of cancer, unprotected sun exposure, toxin or radiation exposure, carrying excess weight, smoking, excessive drinking, and other unhealthy habits. Leading a healthy lifestyle may reduce your chance of developing cancer.

How does my neurosurgeon diagnose metastatic tumors?

To diagnose metastatic cancer of the brain or spine, the Coast Neurosurgical Associates team reviews your symptoms and medical history. 

They complete physical and neurological exams and may order a CT scan, MRI, angiogram, X-rays, or other imaging procedures. You might need a biopsy, nerve testing, or a lumbar puncture to collect cerebrospinal fluid.

How are metastatic tumors treated?

Treatments for metastatic tumors of the brain and spine depend on the severity of the cancer. Your specialist may recommend radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, or multiple treatments to eliminate metastatic cancer and help you recover.

To learn if you have metastatic cancer, call the Coast Neurosurgical Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.