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Insights Into Cancer – February 12, 2019

Brain Metastases

Presented by Won Kim, MD

About the Lecture

Dr. Won Kim discusses the diagnosis and treatment of brain metastases, cancer cells that have spread to the brain from primary tumors in other organs in the body. Metastatic tumors are among the most common mass lesions in the brain and are different from primary brain tumors, which start in the brain. Brain metastases, or secondary brain tumors, occur in 10 to 30 percent of adults with cancer. As the metastatic brain tumors grow, they create pressure on and change the function of surrounding brain tissue. 

Brain metastases and their treatments can impact how you think and behave, and treatment is often focused on reducing pain and symptoms resulting from the cancer. Treatment for people whose cancer has spread to the brain is often surgery, radiation therapy or both. In some cases, chemotherapy and immunotherapy are helpful. 

About the Speaker

Won Kim, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery.  He received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kim did his Internship in Neurological Surgery, and completed his neurosurgical residency training at UCLA with a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. His clinical interests include the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors deep within the brain using a wide variety of surgical modalities to best suit each individual patient and tumor type. Using technologies including the laser ablation of tumors (Visualase), white matter preserving corridor surgery (BrainPath), and stereotactic radiosurgery, he is able to treat many tumors traditionally deemed“inoperable.”

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