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Prognosis

The outlook for patients with brain metastases depends on

  • the patient's age

  • the number and location of the tumors

  • how well the tumor/s respond to treatment

  • whether the primary tumor is still growing and spreading.

People with secondary tumors that began with breast cancer have a better outlook than those with other types of primary cancer.

Cancer can be fatal even if it does not spread. However, most people who die of cancer have metastases.

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