What Is the Survival Rate for People With Brain Metastases?


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Since every case of cancer, including brain metastases, is different, there is no exact survival rate. Survival time depends on several factors including the original type of cancer causing the metastases, the type of treatment and whether it is recurrent, as listed by the International RadioSurgery Association,

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If left untreated, brain metastases can kill a person in about a month, and radiation therapy, which is the most common type of treatment, only increases that time to three or four months as of 2008, according to the IRSA. The combination of surgery and radiation therapy increases median survival time to 10 months, while high-precision radiosurgery, a relatively uncommon procedure, increases it to nine months.

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