If breast cancer spreads to the brain, do I need to see the brain cancer team?


I certainly think so. If a breast cancer spreads to the brain, I immediately consult with my colleagues in neurosurgery and radiation oncology. We, together, discuss the patient and the best course of action for her.

Tracey O’Connor, MD

For patients with metastatic disease to the brain, we have a variety of treatment options. Those include external beam radiation, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, open craniotomy, and laser interstitial thermal therapy. And for each individual patient, I would discuss that case with Dr. O'Connor or the patient's medical oncologist or radiation oncologist, and determine what treatment recommendations to bring forward to the patient.

Andrew J. Fabiano, MD