Radiosurgery and conventional radiotherapy of brain metastases
Brain metastases are the most common form of brain cancer, occurring in about 25% of all patients with cancer. Typical primary tumours with brain metastases are lung, breast, melanoma, and kidney. Brain metastases are located in the cerebral hemispheres in about 80%, in the cerebellum in 15%, or in the brainstem in 5% of patients . This overview focuses on the application of radiotherapeutic approaches, including whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) and radiosurgery selected on the basis of inherent prognostic factors characterizing the individual patient.