Liver secondaries or metastatic liver cancer or liver metastases is a medical condition that occurs when cancerous cells spread (metastasized) to the liver from any other part of the body. As such, these tumors may develop either:
Metastatic liver cancer cells are made up of the same types of cancerous cells as the primary organ cancer.
The risk of spread of cancer to the liver depends on the primary cancer and the stage of cancer at diagnosis. Some primary cancers are more likely to spread to the liver, and are listed as follows:
There are several factors which your doctor will consider in treating liver metastases and treatment planning is usually done by a multi-disciplinary team including a liver surgeon and medical oncologist. The choice of treatment may depend on patient’s health condition, type of primary cancer, and size, location and number of metastatic liver tumours.
Systemic Therapies: This is used to treat the patient’s entire body all through their bloodstream.
The therapy includes procedures such as:
Even if a primary cancer is removed or thought to be cured, liver metastasis can still occur years later! We can help with a complete liver assessment in event of new symptoms development, especially unexplained weight loss and abdominal discomfort.
Senior Consultant Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Surgery), MSc (Bioinformatics),
FAMS (General Surgery)
With 20 years of surgical experience, Dr Lee is trained and skilled in using minimally invasive techniques for liver, pancreas, gallbladder and hernia procedures.
His busy practice aside, Dr Lee is actively involved in postgraduate teaching and workshops for junior surgeons, and is still actively involved in academic research at the National University of Singapore.
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