Management of brain metastases in breast cancer

INTRODUCTION

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer associated with brain metastases in the United States [1]. As patients with advanced breast cancer live longer, the incidence of brain metastases appears to be increasing. In a subset of women, progression in the central nervous system (CNS) has become the major life-limiting problem.

The risk factors, prognosis, and management of brain metastases in breast cancer are presented here. An overview of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of brain metastases (across tumor types) is discussed separately.

(See "Overview of the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of patients with brain metastases".)

(See "Treatment of brain metastases in favorable prognosis patients".)

(See "Treatment of brain metastases in poor prognosis patients".)

               

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