Guidelines for treating brain metastases should be overhauled, UCLA study finds

February 27, 2017
Image of a human brain with seven metastases, depicted here as the small colored spheres inside rectangles.
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Center

UCLA researchers have revealed the need for more scientific research when treating brain metastases, cancer cells that have spread from a primary tumor to the brain. According to research led by Dr. Percy Lee, director of UCLA’s Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy program, physicians significantly vary in their treatment strategies for brain metastases. Lee and his team emailed surveys to 5,000 radiation oncologists around the world, and collected 711 responses. Physicians were asked about preferred treatment strategies, and researchers analyzed responses to conclude that treatment strategy greatly depended upon the institution. The variance in preferred treatment strategies sheds light on the need to determine which treatment methods are most beneficial for cancer patients with brain metastases.

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