Brain metastases occur when cancer cells spread from the primary cancer site to the brain. About 30% of cancer patients develop these growths. Symptoms include headaches, weakness, speech difficulties and visual changes.
Brain metastases present a critical challenge in the fight against cancer. Their treatment requires a multi-disciplinary team providing the most advanced therapies.
The Andrew M. McDougall Brain Metastasis Clinic provides this level of care. The clinic is open to anyone diagnosed with a brain metastasis, regardless of the patient’s primary cancer type.
The clinic team has deep expertise treating these growths, including caring for patients with rare tumors and recurrent disease. Each patient’s team includes a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist. Teams also include doctors who specialize in interpreting diagnostic studies of the brain.
Together, they develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. These plans factor in the tumor’s biology, imaging, genetics, and the patient’s own treatment priorities. Patients also have access to clinical trials, advanced imaging techniques and surgical innovations, all with the goal of maximizing survival and maintaining quality of life.
At the end of each visit, patients receive care recommendations, a coordinated treatment plan and scheduling for follow-up appointments.
The clinic treats anyone with brain metastases, including current MD Anderson patients and those who have been treated elsewhere for their primary cancer but have developed brain metastases.
Current MD Anderson patients should speak to their care team about a referral. New patients can visit our appointments page for information on requesting an appointment.
The Brain Metastasis Clinic is located in the Radiation Treatment Center, Main Building, Floor 1, near Elevator G.
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Advance Practice Providers
Alissa Nguyen, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C
Gisela Sanchez-Williams, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC