The symptoms of liver metastases include:
- Poor appetite
- Loss of weight
- Colour of the urine becomes dark
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Pain in the right portion of the abdomen
- Feeling of nausea and vomiting
- Liver becomes enlarged
Liver metastasis is a type of secondary liver cancer that starts growing in some other part of the body and then slowly spreads into the liver. The cancerous cells which originally develop in the patient’s heart, lung, breast or any other body part are carried to the liver where they settle and form another tumour. Liver metastasis disturbs the liver function and may result in swelling of the liver.
The cause of liver metastases depends on the original location of cancer. The primary cancers which often spread to the liver and cause liver metastases include:
The disease can be prevented through the following means:
The doctor examines the size of the patient’s liver to detect the presence of cancer cells. He also examines the surface of the liver and checks the presence of any symptoms of liver cancer in th...
The doctor examines the size of the patient’s liver to detect the presence of cancer cells. He also examines the surface of the liver and checks the presence of any symptoms of liver cancer in the patient. In order to further confirm the presence of the disease, he opts for the following tests.
While treating the disease, the doctor aims for controlling the symptoms and increase the patient’s life span. The treatments in most cases don’t cure the disease completely. The doctor decides the treatment based on the person’s age and he..
While treating the disease, the doctor aims for controlling the symptoms and increase the patient’s life span. The treatments in most cases don’t cure the disease completely. The doctor decides the treatment based on the person’s age and health, the size, location and the type of primary cancer and the kind of cancer treatments the patient has had in the past.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs to kill the cancerous cells and stop cancer from damaging the patient’s liver further.
Biological response therapy is a treatment that involves the usage of antibodies and vaccines that increase the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.
Targeted therapy is also used to destroy cancer causing cells without harming the healthy cells in the patient’s body. The therapy may result in side effects like fatigue and diarrhoea.
Hormonal therapy is used to treat liver metastases that are caused by cancers like breast or prostate cancer which are dependent on hormones for their growth.
The radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation from radiation machines or radioactive substances to destroy the cancerous cells.
RFA involves the use of high-frequency electrical currents to kill cancer causing cells.
One should consult the doctor as soon as they start noticing any signs or symptoms of liver metastases in the person. The appropriate treatment and the associated side effects should be thoroughly evaluated and discussed with the doctor. People who have suffered from cancer in the past should get regular checkups done.
Medanta ensures expert care for its patients who are diagnosed with Liver metastases at the Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine. The Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine is Asia’s first of..
Medanta ensures expert care for its patients who are diagnosed with Liver metastases at the Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine. The Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine is Asia’s first of its kind dedicated Institute offering liver transplantation and all other levels of treatment for liver and biliary diseases including cancer, both in adults and children. The Living Donor Liver Transplant program is the largest in India and second largest in the world with a team of highly qualified doctors with a rich experience of more than 2500 Liver Transplants, having groomed the programme from its inception. The program has achieved the highest success rates (95%) and lowest infection rates (<10%) in Liver Transplant. The Institute is also a high-volume referral centre for all types of liver tumours, bile duct cancer, cysts and blocks and all complex non-transplant liver and biliary surgery. The Institute is committed to a scientific, compassionate & a patient-friendly approach.
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