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Liver metastases

  • Definition

    Liver metastases are cancerous tumors that have spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body.

    See also: Hepatocellular carcinoma

    Alternative Names

    Metastases to the liver; Metastatic liver cancer; Liver cancer - metastatic

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Cancers that may spread to the liver include:

    • Breast cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Lung cancer
    • Melanoma
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Adrenal cancer

    The risk of cancer spreading to the liver depends on the site of the original cancer. A liver metastasis may be present when the original (primary) cancer is diagnosed, or it may occur months or years after the primary tumor is removed.