Dr. Barba discusses the difference between a primary brain tumor and a metastatic brain tumor.
A primary brain tumor is a tumor from the brain itself. It turns out that the brain, 90% of the brain is made up of cells that help the brain think, and that’s where most of the brain tumor cells come from. Those can range from very malignant to very low grade or benign tumors, and those can all be treated with surgery, radiation, or therapy such as chemotherapy.
A secondary brain tumor or a metastatic brain tumor is a tumor that comes from a different site such as from lung cancer or breast cancer, and those tumors again are easily treated with surgery or radiation therapy.
About Dr. Barba, M.D.:
Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. David Barba is a member of numerous professional societies including the San Diego Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the Western Neurological Society, and the Research Society of Neurological Surgeons. He is currently serving as associate professor in the Division of Neurological Surgery in the Department of Surgery at UCSD.