Living Well With Brain Metastasis

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
By Angela Spivey, DCI Development
Dr. Fecci in an operating room

Peter Fecci, MD, PhD

As recently as ten years ago, patients with brain metastasis were rarely even offered surgical treatment. “It was essentially viewed as a death sentence,” Fecci says. But as treatments have improved, these patients have options. “Some of my patients from when I first arrived at Duke two and a half years ago are still doing well,” Fecci says. “A decade ago, that type of survival was just a dream.”

Fecci saw a need for better-coordinated care for these patients. So he started the Duke Brain Metastasis Program, which involves doctors from neurosurgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and neuro-oncology.

“Brain metastasis is the kind of problem that requires four or five different specialists to come together,” Fecci says. “These are patients that in a way have been cast aside for a long time, and we’d like to make them a focus instead.” The program will also offer clinical trials of new therapies especially for these patients.

Read entire article on the Duke Cancer Institute Blog

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