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Metastatic Brain Tumor Center

Metastatic tumors may arise from tumors originating in the breast, lung, kidney, skin, bladder, colon, or elsewhere in the body. Metastatic tumors occurring in the brain are often treatable and can be managed.

The Johns Hopkins Metastatic Brain Tumor Center is a branch of one of the world's largest brain tumor research and treatment programs. Led by Dr. Michael Lim, the Center strives to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with metastatic brain tumors while furthering research in their prevention and treatment. You can rely on our continual, committed treatment even if your brain tumor has returned.

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Metastatic Brain Tumor | Janis' Story

After a long ordeal battling HER2- positive breast cancer, Janis LeBlanc discovered the cancer had spread to her brain. She underwent brain surgery and three radiosurgery treatments at her local hospital, but the tumor kept re-growing in the same spot. Janis met with Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Michael Lim, M.D. Read her story.


To request a consultation or appointment, contact the Johns Hopkins Metastatic Brain Tumor Center at 410-955-6406.

Malignant Brain Tumor Surgery: What You Need to Know

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Chetan Bettegowda, M.D., Ph.D. provides what you need to know about surgical options for malignant brain tumors, including what surgical options are available, when they are considered, how to choose a brain tumor center, and the anticipated course of treatment, recovery time and outcomes.

Malignant Brain Tumor Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Chetan Bettegowda, M.D., Ph.D. discusses when clinical trials are recommended for a patient with a malignant brain tumor diagnosis, understanding the risks involved and making the decision to participate in a clinical trial. He also discusses the latest research for the treatment of brain tumors.

Chemotherapy and Primary Brain Tumors: What You Need to Know

Johns Hopkins oncologist Matthias Holdhoff, M.D., Ph.D. offers a candid conversation on chemotherapy as a treatment option for malignant brain tumors. Learn more about chemotherapy, what you can expect during treatment and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Radiation Oncology for Primary Brain Tumors: What You Need to Know

Johns Hopkins radiation oncologist Lawrence R. Kleinberg, M.D. explains when and how radiation therapy is used to treat primary brain tumors. Learn about the anticipated course of treatment, side effects and how they can be managed.

What You Need to Know

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  • Metastatic brain tumors are caused by cancer cells elsewhere in the body that spread (metastasize) through the bloodstream to the brain.
  • About one-third of patients with another type of cancer will develop one or more metastatic brain tumors. The most common types of cancer that cause metastatic brain tumors are lung cancer, breast cancer, melanoma (skin cancer), colon cancer, kidney (renal) cancer, and thyroid cancer.
  • The risk for metastatic brain tumors begins to increase in people ages 45 to 65, and is highest in those over 65.
  • Metastatic brain tumors are always malignant (cancerous) but are often treatable and can be managed.

Patient Resources

Learn more about metastatic brain tumors in our Health Library.

Watch a webinar presented by Dr. Michael Lim: Metastatic Brain Tumors: What Patients Need to Know.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of metastatic brain tumor?

Neurosurgeon Michael Lim

Our Team

The Johns Hopkins Metastatic Brain Tumor Center is a collaboration of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncolgists, neuroradiologists, oncologists, ophthalmologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and skilled nurses and physician assistants. They are deeply dedicated to caring for patients throughout the entire course of metastatic cancer, including recurrences of brain metastases after treatment.

Meet Our Neurosurgeons

Chetan Bettegowda
Brem, Henry
Kaisorn Chaichana

Jeff Jacobson
Lim, Michael
David Lin

Quoc-Ahn Thai
Jon Weingart

Radiation Oncologists
Lawrence Kleinberg
Kristin Redmond

Physician Assistant
Miller, Dawn, PA-C

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Our Treatments

Johns Hopkins specialists use a range of technology for diagnosis and treatment. Our team’s surgical planning uses advanced imaging techniques such as functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging to map tumors and guide operative procedures. Surgery, radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery can target individual tumors and reduce their growth, and new treatments using MRI-guided laser ablation and seed brachytherapy are improving outcomes further.

Hear from Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Michael Lim as he talks about the latest treatment options available for people with brain metastases.
Watch the recording here

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Our Research

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Metastatic Brain Tumor Center are actively pursuing new treatments through clinical studies focused on improving outcomes in patients. Studies are examining the effectiveness of combinations of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

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Maryland Patients

To request an appointment, please call 410-955-6406.

Please have your health insurance information available and be ready to fax your most recent MRI report (no more than 6 months old) to 410-630-7865.


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