Metastatic Brain Tumor Initiative

Metastatic brain tumors start somewhere else in your body and travel to the brain. Lung, breast, kidney, colon, and melanoma (skin) cancers are typically the most common cancers that spread to the brain.

Metastatic brain tumors are the most common type of brain tumors in adults. Current estimates suggest approximately 200,000 to 400,000 adults are diagnosed annually in the U.S. And unfortunately, the average prognosis following diagnosis is only a few months.

Discovering that there are no patient advocacy organizations dedicated to metastatic brain tumor education and support, the American Brain Tumor Association decided more needs to be done to serve this patient population.

As the leader of brain tumor education, support services and research, the ABTA created the Metastatic Brain Tumor Initiative to inform, support and empower patients diagnosed with a metastatic brain tumor.

Our Action Plan

New Education Resources

Metastatic Brain Tumors Brochure

Learn about diagnosis, treatment options, prognosis and resources.


Metastatic Brain Tumor Patient & Family Meeting

A free, virtual education meeting for patients, survivors and caregivers.


Metastatic Brain Tumors – Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Questions to ask your doctor when newly diagnosed.


The Metastatic Brain Tumor Initiative is guided by national medical experts. Meet our advisors.