Liver cancer and metastasis
What is liver metastasis?
A liver metastasis is a cancerous tumor that has spread to the liver from a cancer that started in another place in the body. It is also called secondary liver cancer. Most of the time, cancer in the liver is secondary, or metastatic.
The cancer cells found in a metastatic liver tumor are not liver cells. They are the cells from the part of the body where the primary cancer began (for example, cancerous breast, colon, or lung cells).
Transcatheter Arterial Chemo-Embolisation (TACE) therapy is a palliative procedure offered to patients with liver carcinoma (cancer) or liver metastatic colorectal carcinoma who are not eligible for surgery, but have adequate functional liver reserves for the potential benefits to outweigh procedure related risks.
Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) is a procedure for oncology (cancer) patients to treat liver tumours using tiny radioactive beads. After SIRT, most patients see a reduction or stabilisation of their liver tumours. Having this treatment can increase survival time, but is not a permanent cure.