Liver metastases

Introduction

The liver is one of the organs most frequently affected by metastases from malignant tumors in other parts of the body

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The liver is one of the organs most frequently affected by metastases from malignant tumors in other parts of the body (primarily the breast, lung and colon).

The liver is the only organ affected by metastatic disease in the case of colorectal cancer in a large number of patients. In these cases aggressive local treatments may be indicated in order to remove these lesions.

Approximately 20% of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer show signs of liver metastases present at the time of diagnosis. Metastases usually occur in the majority of the cases, up to 50%, after the completion of the treatments on the primary tumor. These percentages are directly related to tumor characteristics and its stage at the time of diagnosis.  It can be said that there is a lower likelihood of developing liver metastases in early detection of the primary tumor.